Note to read­ers

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - FRONT PAGE - — Steve Bartlett, man­ag­ing edi­tor

Voter ap­a­thy and turnout have long scared me.

When large per­cent­ages of the pop­u­la­tion don’t cast a bal­lot, you worry peo­ple don’t care about their com­mu­ni­ties or who makes de­ci­sions for them.

Per­haps it’s ap­a­thy, or maybe it’s a feel­ing their vote doesn’t mat­ter. What­ever the rea­son, our democ­racy is hurt­ing and needs some help.

That’s why I’m op­ti­mistic about “The Democ­racy Cook­book.”

Start­ing to­day, on Page B6, The Tele­gram will pub­lish a se­ries of es­says on democ­racy.

These pieces might not have the an­swer, but at least they’ll get peo­ple think­ing about democ­racy.

The es­says come from “The Democ­racy Cook­book,” an open-ac­cess book edited by Alex Mar­land and Lisa Moore be­ing re­leased in Novem­ber. We’ll pub­lish the es­says, which come from a va­ri­ety of writ­ers, over the next cou­ple of weeks.

In the spirit of the cook­book, we asked our po­lit­i­cal re­porter James Mcleod to step out­side his nor­mal writ­ings and share his thoughts on democ­racy.

His es­say is next to this piece. What are your thoughts on democ­racy? We’d love to hear them.

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