In his Dec. 28 letter, Robert Kotler asked us not to fault Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) for not voting until age 34 because he was probably tied up in the operating room until well past the times the polls closed. I have been a professional pilot for 33 years, first as an Air Force pilot and currently as an airline captain. I have never missed an opportunity to vote, although there have been many times that duty to my country or my company has precluded my ability to make it to the polls before they closed. I vote by absentee ballot when I anticipate being away from my local polling place. Voting is not only a right but a duty.
Not voting is putting one's self-interest ahead of one's duty as a citizen.