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Broadcast media needs to prioritize local elections

October 11, 2013

To the editor: In the September, 2013 primary elections, less than 8 percent of Cape Coral registered voters went to the polls — a dismal showing! But, how could we possibly expect a larger turnout......

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Oct-11-13 12:13 PM

This is just plain ridiculousness! Anyone who claims not to have known about the primary has not been paying attention to anything.

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Oct-11-13 7:08 PM

dont you understand that the voters have lost faith in the system??? people now know that the unions now owe cape coral and that until they tax us to death or go broke we are stuck with with a bunch of puppets for the unions that dont care as long as they get what they want and to h_ll with the tax payer

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Oct-12-13 6:30 AM

Mr. *****n: you make several important points. The for-profit news(?) corporations do not really care about elections or issues in the Cape. Their reporters are from the fashion industry, their scripts are handed to them by their public relations dept., their format is a "Hodge Podge" and their content is tragedies, mayhem, train wrecks, murder and more commercials time rather than community info. They seem to come to the Cape only when they can make up a "sensational" story that makes the city look foolish! Remember Ro Polo?

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Oct-12-13 12:51 PM

NanaII: It is hard to pay attention when you are worrying about how you can stretch your last dollar to feed and house your kids; have a second job to keep your head above water; and be a parent. Every media outlet should be carrying PSAs for Cape Coral and Ft. Myers. The Breeze is doing a good job, but who else. Cape letters to the editor in the News-press are not always "visible." Radio stations are not saying anything, and 30 second sound bites on TV are rare. Add all that to the feeling of hopelessness of some of our residents result in low turnout.

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Oct-12-13 1:39 PM

Add to Dsharrd's list the total insanity Cape elections have become (especially the one in 2009), the resulting disappointment and disillusionment with those who won, the unimpeached realization that we made a horrible mistake, the lack of anything substantively different to choose from in 2013 and I guarantee a voter outcome lower than the lowest we've seen. I, too, would like to see an aggressive reporter do some digging, but everyone's afraid to rock the boat or make any noise. By the way, my electric bill listed an extra $11.01 for the "City of Cape Coral Public Service Tax." And on and on we go.

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Oct-13-13 3:19 AM

Media don't want big election turnout. Their allies benefit from low turnout. The less the number of voters, the less WINK (WNOG) FOX and talk radio must pay to propagandize. A huge portion of their listeners are not computer literate or connected, other than radio, WNOG (WINK) and FOX TV. -Of course they’re aware their selective reporting supports the incumbents that play ball with them (it’s virtually all of them, as this is GOP country) and it is definitely intentional. -They’re part of a cabal to squeeze out every drop of working class equity while lavishing tax benefits, incentives and favorable ordinances on corporate cronies and the wealthy. The other media likely engage in the same to some extent, I just haven't personally paid attention to them. -This is endemic in America. We are a crony capitalist nation. I actually heard Limbaugh falsely say this is the Liberal agenda, calling crony capitalism fascism. He projects his own misdeeds on his opponents.

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