June 25, 2013

Commenting on major issues important to national advancement

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — A huge decision was made by the United States Supreme Court this week in regards to affirmative action and its use in admittance into the nation's universities, but few local residents seemed to care.

According to our Facebook roughly 1,100 people saw a question we postulated about the decision.

We got four responses.

Now, generally speaking our Facebook questions garner a a diverse range of numbers when it comes to respondents.

Sometimes we get zero, other times we get 88.

The major difference being general reach of the question. Typically, less people seeing the question equates to fewer responses.

This is the first time I've seen that a large number viewed the question, but opted not to respond.

Now, this all could be coincidental, but I kind of doubt it.

I realize this particular question is of a sensitive nature, but I certainly hope that doesn't dissuade people from voicing their opinion. This is a serious issue that has been tied to our countries progression for more than 40 years. It's something that needs to be commented on. The people need to use their voice in order to effectively communicate problems and solutions in our country.

I'm not narcissistic enough to believe that commenting on our Facebook page will somehow change the course of our collective history, but I do feel failing to comment on such issues is something of an abuse of an individual's intellect.

Decisions like these both locally and nationally need your voice in order to accurately steer the nation in a manner that best fits the populous.

Failing to use that voice will only work to hinder the process of continuing to develop our country.