Letters to the Editor

Majority should stop and think

Is the majority always right? Playwright Henrik Ibsen didn’t think so. Neither did writer Mark Twain, who said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

Ibsen went a bit further, saying, “The majority is always wrong.” One of his plays, “An Enemy of the People,” makes his view clear.

Donald Trump brags that many of his supporters had never voted before voting for him in the primaries. Are these the voters we want selecting our next president? People who have never cared about issues and apparently still don’t?

Bernie Sanders talks issues, but do his voters have any idea how he would go about achieving his lofty goals?

According to studies by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute, Sanders’ proposals would cost $33 trillion over a decade. His taxes on the wealthy — if he could get them passed — would raise $15 trillion. Pause and reflect.

We aren’t electing a prom king; this is our country and our planet, with upheavals and perils that await our grandchildren.

I get cold chills when I hear comedian Dana Carvey’s Church Lady say, “Let’s give him the nuclear code.”

Shirley Baechtold

Richmond

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