Letters to the Editor

Debating merits, pledge of Electoral College vote

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Electors should vote for the winner

Re “State’s electors should vote GOP” (Letters, Dec. 8): Tom Bowman stated, “The election is lost for Hillary Clinton,” and asked electors to “vote for a reasonable, qualified Republican.”

Hillary Clinton did not lose the election; she received 2.5 million more votes than Donald Trump. She is the winner of the popular vote, and electors across the U.S. ought to recognize that fact and the fact that she was by far the most qualified candidate in the election.

Electors should vote for Hillary Clinton.

Susan Martimo,

West Sacramento

Defector should abide by pledge

Tom Bowman of Long Beach noted Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector in Texas, would not vote for Donald Trump. Bowman calls it “courageous” and states California’s 55 electors should take on a “bold move” and cast their votes for an alternative.

It would seem to be wise to appreciate the basis for the Electoral College and consider one’s own personal ethics and principles. The Electoral College was brought together to protect our country from “tyranny of the majority.” The electors are meant to be capable people analyzing the qualities and requisite qualifications of the candidates for president. It is mostly a formality, where loyal members of a party are bound by laws or pledges.

Note to Suprun or others who are impassioned: Understand the Electoral College, appreciate the trust placed in your principles and abide by your pledge.

Bob Bartlett, Granite Bay

Electors should vote against Trump

Christopher Suprun is a firefighter and first responder. He is also a Republican elector from Texas. He has stated his intention that he will not cast his vote for Donald Trump. This man demonstrated physical courage by responding to the 9/11 attacks in New York and is now demonstrating his moral courage to buck the tide and vote his conscience. He is a hero in the true sense of the word.

It is imperative that all other electors follow this brave man’s example and actually adhere to the true will of the people. Two million more people voted for Hillary Clinton, giving her a clear victory in the popular vote.

Electors, please follow Suprun’s courageous example, and vote against Trump on Dec. 19. The people of the United States, and those around the world, will thank you.

Christine Shirley,

Citrus Heights

Vote for candidate who won state

What is wrong with these people that wanted to be a state elector and now do not want to vote for the winner of each state’s vote?

As soon as Donald Trump was declared the winner and is now the president-elect, the stock market has been on a steady climb. Haven’t the electors had enough of President Barack Obama’s failed policies and political correctness?

Trump is on the right track to revitalizing our country and these numbskull state electors don’t want to uphold the people’s vote in each state.

Gary Sodervick,

North Highlands

A foolish move on infrastructure

Re “Private investment can break state’s infrastructure logjam” (Viewpoints, Dec. 8): Ed Ring contends privatizing infrastructure breaks a logjam and is more profitable for investors. But privatizing infrastructure turns an economy’s competitive advantage into toll booths that feed the financial class.

Financing is nearly half of infrastructure’s cost, and historically public financing paid for most infrastructure. The federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation paid for the first Bay Bridge. Goldman Sachs provided the money for the Bay Bridge rebuild. The first case recycled the interest paid into public goods and the economy. In the second, the money went to Wall Street.

The public/private partnership baloney tells us that the public is always second rate. A privatized infrastructure replete with toll booths makes America less competitive. It is a liability, not an asset.

Mark Dempsey, Orangevale

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