To make civic education really happen, the Bar must go beyond merely offering guest speakers or lawyer liaisons. Frankly, the single best thing the Bar could do would be to to lobby for adequate funding and inclusion in the curriculum of the programs like those that John and Stephen list.
Finally, let me say that we are extremely lucky to have a chief justice who has made civic education one of his priorities.
Thomas W. Logue, Miami
Although the subject article ("The American Voter," November 2006) contains important data about who is and who is not voting, it goes over board, into the depths of non sequitur, in the paragraph titled "Reasons for Not Voting." Specifically, that paragraph begins by identifying the number of millions who did register to vote in 2004 (142), then proceeds to catalogue the percentages of that population who did not vote and the reasons why. All is smooth sailing until the last sentence, which reads, in pertinent part, "Other reasons included ... confusion or uncertainty about registration requirements...." But that reason for not voting deals with the population who did not even register to do so, a citizen segment having nothing to do with the 142 million under the microscope of the paragraph. We have a right to expect better reporting from the authors, leaders in the League of Women Voters organization.
Ted Baumgardner, Winter Park
Editor's Note: In William C. Ballard's article, "Who Decides Whether to Build It Higher, the Condominium Community or the Courts?" on page 60 of the December Journal, the phrase, "the improvements required to ensure the ground floor units are not flooded might require a periodical special assessment" should read: "... the improvements required to ensure that the ground floor units are not periodically flooded might require a special assessment...." The Journal regrets the editorial error.