Ignore the undecided

By Margie Burns


Letters to the Editor
October 23, 2000 11:49AM (UTC)

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I could not agree more with Margie Burns. Why are we subjected to watching these people hem and haw over a decision that is not a difficult one to make? After three "debates" in which Gore and Bush droned on incessantly over all of the issues, what else do these people need to hear?

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The most depressing thing about watching the "undecided" is the appalling lack of intelligence. When I hear one of these people say that Bush answered questions "intelligently," I want to scream, "Citizen's arrest!" and have them locked away with a "Hooked on Phonics" book.

It seems to me that most of the undecided are judging the candidates on something other than their position on the issues. How else could George W. Bush be this close? Everyone has a definite opinion on issues like abortion, gun control, education and taxes. It simply is a matter of choosing a candidate whose views are similar to yours. What is so hard about that? When all is said and done, the most cynical part of me says that these people simply want to be on TV, and probably will wind up not voting anyway.

-- Tony Brita

Thank God someone in journalism has the common sense to describe and vilify these idiots for what they are, rather than treat them as the Holy Grail of American politics. The sad truth, of course, is that these cretins could very well determine the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Anyone with the ability to read and a proton of political belief -- be it left, right or center -- has had enough information in this race to have made up his or her mind ages ago. What these "undecideds" could possibly be waiting for is beyond imagination, unless the wait is for that clearly urgent brain transplant.

A mandatory I.Q. test for voters doesn't seem so bad, does it?

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-- C. Baker

Thank you, Margie Burns. It's nice to know that someone besides myself cringes every time the media declares that America's future will be decided by a class of people that obviously are challenged by the old "paper or plastic" debate raging in today's supermarkets.

Let's all say it together: Stop airing the focus groups comprised of undecided idiots. It's not news. We all have enough clueless people to deal with in our lives, and as a society, don't need or want any more exposure or credibility lent to their me-too school of "participation."

-- Andy McMorrow

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Most of what Margie Burns writes in this article is probably true of most "undecided" voters. However, I think it is unfair and insulting to cast such a negative light on ALL undecided voters. There are a number of voters who remain undecided because they agree with some of the issues that Gore supports, and some that Bush supports; they like/dislike certain qualities in Gore, certain qualities in Bush.

Many voters are neither left-wing, nor right-wing, nor centrist. They hold a variety of views on different matters, each of which could fall in a variety of places along the political spectrum. One voter may support abortion rights and support massive tax cuts. Another might support tight handgun regulation while also supporting school vouchers. Such voters are not rare, and they're not "absolute morons" as Burns unfairly describes them. They are free-thinking individuals who don't fall neatly into the contrived notions of liberal, conservative or moderate.

-- Tim Gauhan

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