Even if you are a Republican, stand with me on Nov. 8 | Letter

Mar 17, 2016

It was refreshing to read the Mayor’s Corner in the March 3 edition of the Edmonds Beacon [“Celebrate the spirit of our community,” page 4].

After my daily ritual reading The New York Times, Mayor Earling’s column was a breath of fresh air.

Those who read my letters in the Beacon know that I am the person who sees rainbows and sings, albeit a bit off-key, “Kumbaya, my Lord” around the campfire.

Yet, the antics of the 2016 election season have saddened me deeply.

So, I am compelled to respond to Alan Bine’s letter [The Beacon, “Life will be ‘pretty much’ the same no matter who’s elected,” page 5, Jan. 21].

Mr. Bine’s argument has a morsel of merit.

We live in a town where people holding different points of view engage in courteous conversation.

We live in a town with many citizens’ boards, commissions and committees.

We live in a town that is attempting to reach out to others through the newly formed Diversity Committee.

We live in a town where our mayor reminds us that “this pride in our community binds us together.”

And yet we cannot shield ourselves from the horrific and appalling words emanating from the Republican Party’s front runner.

Those debates should be aired after 9 p.m. so that our country’s children can be protected from this distended reality show.

Trump will build a huge wall along our country’s southern border.

He will deport all undocumented immigrants.

He will ban all people of the Islamic faith from entering the U.S.

He will institute torture going beyond water-boarding.

He praises Vladimir Putin.

He condones the 1989 massacre of protesters in Tiananmen.

From his mouth spews X-rated comments.

He is a bully.

The German newspaper Der Spiegel calls the Republican front runner “the world's most dangerous man.”

On Feb. 11, I was sitting in our rental car in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. After hiking to the Kīlauea Iki Crater lava lake, we had some free time before dinner at the Volcano House.

I decided to listen to the Democratic candidates debate moderated by Gwen Ifell.

The voices of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton comforted me as they spoke substantively and respectfully during the debate.

Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton demonstrated empathy, an emotion that allows us to understand the feelings of other people.

Even if you are a Republican, stand with me on Nov. 8. It matters.

 

Barbara Tipton,

Edmonds

 

 

 

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