At the beginning of this year, my wife and I were volunteering in Big Bend National Park. While there we would have our mail forwarded to us every few weeks. With the internet now days, there is very little that we receive in the mail except a couple of magazines.
When we left the park, we had our mail forwarded to us in Alpine, Texas where we were waiting on repairs to our car. In the mail was a notice to my wife for jury duty. The only problem was that the date to appear was already passed! She called the person in charge of the jury selection process and explained our situation, that we were retired and spent most of our time on the road away from our location of residency (we’re full time RV’rs). The gentleman was very understanding and told her to come in and volunteer for jury duty the next time we were going to be in town. Because of the extent of the repairs needed our car and other obligations, it was 4 months before we made it back ‘home’ to volunteer for jury duty.
It has amazed me that, almost to a person, the response we get from people when telling them about the jury duty is to tell us how to get out of it. What!! One of the foundations of our country, the U.S.A., was the judicial system in which a person is entitled to a trail before a jury of their peers. The key word is entitled. This is a privilege not given in many parts of the world today. To me, this means that jury duty is a basic responsibility of every citizen qualified to sit on a jury. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but it seems to me that if more people accepted the responsibilities of their citizenship in this country instead of trying to duck them, there would be fewer problems. Irresponsible people leads to irresponsible government.