I’ve got those voting booth blues

Every two years about this time of the year I wonder which is more dangerous: not voting or uninformed voting? Where are the programs in September/October to objectively inform voters of the options that they’ll have when they are “in the booth” in November? Seems like if the goal was intelligent voting that we’d see a lot more activity before election day in November (not including the trash that is slander ads) to try to increase voter education.

Speaking of slander ads, my rule of thumb is that as soon as your ad mentions your opponent’s name, you have lost any chance of me voting for you. You should be able to get my support by providing what you plan to do, not how what your opponent plans to do is bad…I’ll decide that for myself. That’s like someone asking me for directions and I spend the next 30 mins telling them how bad it is to go the wrong way. Unfortunately, this approach has left me with very few candidates to vote for in my memorable voting life (except those who run unopposed and in that case, my vote doesn’t mean anything).

When you do get out and vote, remember these wise words from President Theodore Roosevelt:

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

Indiana departures

With the confirmation that Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell are leaving the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, there has been quite a flurry of emotions stirred up again among those in the Hoosier Nation. There are many that want Coach Crean’s head on a stick again (see the past uproar when the Hoosiers had their end-of-season losing streak). What I don’t get is that the fans were unhappy with how the team was playing and now they are unhappy when players that have statistically underproduced are leaving the program? There’s a great analysis of the impact that the departing players will have on the program (got to throw in Marlin’s┬ádeparture as well) on btownbanners.com and, in all honesty, the team isn’t going to be hurt that badly due to the departures. When you look at the class of recruits that we already have coming in and now add in three more spots to fill on the roster (don’t forget Vonleh’s early departure) with some potentially choice transfers, next year looks like it could be a very exciting year.