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Where are our voters and our priorities?

Staff Report • Mar 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

It was meant to be a humorous anecdote, but U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s remarks before a Senate subcommittee last week does shed some light on how our priorities can sometimes be skewed.

During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Alexander asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for his assurance that proposed budget cuts would not force the closure of Tennessee’s fish hatcheries.

“I once noticed that the number of Tennesseans who have hunting and fishing licenses exceeded the number who voted in a recent election, so this is serious business for us,” Alexander told the secretary.

He’s right. Keeping the fish hatchery open in Erwin is certainly important to the economy of our region.

But so is voting. We have a primary election in this state Tuesday, and it’s expected to draw one of the lowest turnouts in recent memory.

What does that say about our priorities?

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