Letters (Oct 12, 2016)

It’s about what we choose to believe

In this unprecedented election year, sometimes people say they are voting for the lesser of two evils. I don’t think that’s quite accurate. I came up with a thought that might express it best: “Voters will vote for a candidate based on what they are willing to believe about a candidate, and what they are willing to ignore.”

And this applies to both the candidate you favor, and the one you oppose. I have used this on several occasions this year.

So, the next time your crazy uncle or co-worker attacks you about politics, use that saying. They may just stop, think, and say, “Hey, you know, that’s right,” and walk away.

The next quote is one I heard from a thoughtful commentator. He said “Elections are always about one of two things: change, or more of the same.” He’s right, but when voting for change, it comes at what price? And, “more of the same” candidates can still adjust, and change what has been done in the past.

How frustrated are we that the debates have constant interruptions? Inter­rupt­ing a person is one of the rudest things you can do to another person. I wrote to the chairman of the Presi­den­tial Debates Commis­sion. I asked him to please make a rule to provide a sound tech assistant to the moderator to shut off all microphones except the person called on to speak. He said they were considering exactly that idea.

Sadly, they did not enact it.

May voters thoughtfully consider their voting, with the wisdom and humility that no human candidate is perfect.

Brian D. Stucky


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