I got my specimen ballot in the mail yesterday and once again I am annoyed by the so-called important issues that make it on to the ballot, while there are so many REAL issues that we citizens never get to vote on. Here in Maryland, the life-or-death issues are whether to allow table games at our casinos, and whether to allow gay couples to marry. As an example of a REAL issue, how about letting us vote on where our tax dollars go...especially when so many of them are diverted to other countries while there are people here in need? Why don't we ever get to vote on stuff like that? I can't be the only one who ever asked this question, can I? Just curious...what are the "important" issues in other states?