Invective '04

Voting may be one of the most important aspects of the American democracy, but in 2004, voters in Valdosta say they've had enough of the rhetoric and negative campaigning that has filled the airwaves, ads which may have driven people away from the voting process.

Jennifer Chick, who is tired of negative ads, says, "I called a friend to remind her to vote and she said, 'I don't care. I'm tired of hearing both sides be negative. I don't really care who wins,' and that's really sad because she's 29 years old and I'm a female and I think it's very important to vote for president."

Bobby Tyson adds, "I've been tired of it for years. I think after a certain point people should be more interested in the issues and what the candidates are actually willing to do instead of just trashing the other fella all the time. The country is divided enough and I think the negative ads divide us even more."

Councilors say all the negative ads this election season are taking a toll on many folks.

Robin Dees, a clinical therapist, says, "It seems like this campaign has been a mud slinging campaign right now and that increases stress and worry and makes you question your own values and viewpoints, but the biggest stress reliever out there is just to vote."

And if early voting numbers are any indication, plenty of people will be getting some campaign stress relief between now and November 2.