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Thursday, September 3, 2015
by Liz Smith

The Decline of Manhattan (Again?!)

JOAN Jedell in her Hampton Sheet tells us that a friend complained about the decline of life in New York City. "She grumbled about people using the streets as a public urinal and the current NYC School Chancellor undoing work put in place by Joel Klein during the Bloomberg administration ... and the current crime uptick.

"I looked my friend in the eyes and asked if she voted in the last mayoral election. She sheepishly responded 'no!'"

Jedell notes then that we live in a city of 8 million people ... 4.3 million are registered voters. The current Mayor won with just over 750,000 votes. (Most people I know had never heard of him before.)

This same sort of statistic applies to the U.S. as a whole. The people who don't want what you probably want, vote in the primary elections. The rest of you don't bother. Then you wonder at what you get.

Jedell says even more depressing is that some people treat elections as a joke, writing in names of non-candidates people from TV comedies, screen favorites and dead VIPs.

You should be informed about the issues and then stop complaining if you didn't vote. You should pay attention, especially to the primaries. Same thing for the presidential elections. I'm telling myself this!