Every time there is a discussion about implementing paper ballots, some naysayer points to a 20th Century Tennessee that was ripe with political corruption and vote rigging made easy by the use of paper ballots. That same naysayer almost invariably says, read “Secrets of the Hopewell Box” if you want to understand the evils of paper ballots. Then we say, “we already have” and “you can’t possibly believe that having a piece of paper you can count isn’t better than not having anything to count and not even having the possibility of knowing how your vote is being counted!” and “that’s why citizens have to be vigilant about monitoring elections!”
We’re a little verbose, I know.
On Monday, Jim Squires, grandson of legendary Tennessee police sergeant Dave White and author of the “Secrets of the Hopewell Box: Stolen Elections, Southern Politics, and a City’s Coming of Age,” will join us on Liberadio(!).
Paper ballots? Oh yeah, we’ll be talking about paper ballots. But Jim is more than just the author of a reference used liberally during paper ballot discussions.
Born in Nashville in 1943, he is a former editor of both the Chicago Tribune and the Orlando Sentinel. While with the Tribune, the paper won seven Pulitzer Prizes. “Secrets,” only one among several books he has authored, does chronicle the rise and fall of the corrupt rural Democratic political machine which he describes as ripe with “self-serving political egalitarianism.” (Call Bookman Bookwoman in Hillsboro Village for your copy.) His other books include “Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat“ and “Read All About It!: The Corporate Takeover of America’s Newspapers.”
His latest book, which will be released by Times Books on August 4, is “Headless Horsemen: A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids.”
An Amazon review:
“Jim Squires has written a sad and scathing and all-too-true story about the greed and obtuseness that are destroying the once glorious sport of thoroughbred horse racing and that are turning that most magnificent of Godâ€™s creatures — the thoroughbred horse — into a steroid-swollen dinosaur. The charlatans of the Kentucky breeding industry and at the New York Racing Association — as well as their overpaid apologists — should read every page of Squiresâ€™s indictment with heads hung in shame.”â€”Joe McGinniss
Liberadio(!) with Mary Mancini & Freddie Oâ€™Connell broadcasts on WRVU 91.1 FM every Monday from 7 to 9 am.