Apr 08 2013

Letter To The Editor: I Should Not, I Could Not, I Will Not Vote.

Dear Editor,

I am an involved American who takes my civil liberties seriously. I am not apathetic. I am not lazy. I have voted in every national, state, and local election since I was of age. Through the years, I always made a point to take my child with me into the voting booths so that she could observe the importance of voting. When she turned 18, my best gift to her was a trip downtown to the Voters Registration Office so that she, too, could participate in this privilege. She now models the same behavior for her young son.

I believe that we should elect honest and worth candidates. Not perfect candidates. Just honest, law-abiding candidates who know that government is by the people and fore the people. For that reason, I SHALL NOT VOTE for Mike Perkis, the sole mayoral candidate. He chooses to ignore state law and act against all Sullivan’s Islanders by refusing to honor our right to a referendum on a huge, massive structure on the island. I SHALL NOT VOTE for Pat O’Neil. He, too, chooses to ignore state law and act against all Sullivan’s Islanders by refusing to honor our right to a referendum on a huge, massive structure on the island. I SHALL NOT VOTE for Susan Middaugh because she has been loudly outspoken in supporting the positions of Mr. Perkis and Mr. O’Neil. She agrees that Sullivan Islanders should be denied the right to vote on the size and scope of the new school.

These candidates will want my vote on May 7. They will want your vote, too. I hope you will join me and a couple of hundred of my best friends by denying them your precious vote. They simply haven’t earned the right to represent us anymore. It’s just that simple.

My plan, however, does have a potentially happy ended. I am going to write in my candidate for Mayor of Sullivan’s Island. He is truly the Mayor of the people of Sullivan’s Island, and we have all witnessed his leadership for many years. Carl Smith is my choice for Mayor of Sullivan’s Island. With as much American gumption as I can muster, I will write in his name and I believe that I will take my little grandson with me.

Karen Coste

Sullivan’s Island

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