Note to readers
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.