Robo reflection

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

Nancy Wikert's letter ("Robo Nuisance," May 25) really struck a raw nerve. Unfortunately, robocalls have become a cheap, easy way for public servants to connect with voters in a vain attempt to get out the vote. These calls last about 30 seconds, which means Ms. Wikert spent more time writing the letter to the editor than she did answering five calls.

But what is really most incredible is the attitude that there should be a law against them -- because she is interrupted, because she thinks it's obnoxious for a candidate to ask for her vote.

Only an estimated two in 10 voters showed up to vote in the primary, so it seems that Ms. Wikert is not the only one who resents having to "stop what [she] is doing" to listen to political messages. There were many candidates on this ballot, and the consequences of not voting didn't appear high. Who cares who becomes a judge? Who cares who appears on the ballot for mayor, or county council or school board?

When did it become OK to be apolitical? When did every public servant become a politician, a person to be scorned? When did anything become more important than making sure a voter understood the issues and what made the candidates worthy public servants? When did it become acceptable not to vote?

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are usually within days of the elections. Those brave souls who sacrificed for us deserve more than a parade, the flags and a thank you. They deserve good public servants -- and concerned voters who remember the duty we have to one another.

Mt. Lebanon
The writer is a member of the Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee.


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