Our democracy is challenged once again with a low voter turnout. In California only 26 percent of the register voters participated. How can we complain about legislative roadblocks in our state and federal governments if we don't even participate in our democracy?

The problem, I believe, is we do not have true, organic leadership. We have leaders, especially here in the Central Valley, that are not organic but rather are bought and paid for by special interests.

Bill Guerrero, Bakersfield