The recent articles suggesting that people will only vote in our elections if we pay the postage on their ballots or place a ballot box within 50 feet of their homes is more evidence of our “snowflake” mentality (“State should pay postage of returned ballots,” The Herald, May 8).
We are well into the second generation of people who think that they are entitled to everything our society has to offer as long as it comes from the efforts of others and not themselves. Why should they be inconvenienced when they exercise their right to vote (one of our many rights made possible by the sacrifice of others)?
Of course, we all know that more voter participation will help solidify the left-wing Democrats’ strangle-hold they have on Western Washington politics. We now give out “participation” trophies where there is no reward for excellence or self-motivation or success through hard work. We now have quiet rooms and cry rooms for our high school and college students when they run up against problems that they can’t handle or opposition to they way they have been brainwashed to think or when something goes wrong in their sheltered existence.
The tragic suicide rate especially among our young people can in many cases be traced to their inability to deal with adversity in their lives. Who hasn’t had their heart broken over a failed relationship? Who hasn’t been bullied at one time or another? Who hasn’t failed at something that at the time seemed like the end of the world.
We pick ourselves up, dust our selves off and get back in the game. We fight back, if necessary. We move on and realize that life has its peaks and valleys and that success in life is not guaranteed but is available to anyone who strives for it. Where do these life lessons come from? From involved and concerned parents, teachers, pastors and, yes, even politicians.