Letter: About that election

Sunday, December 17, 2017
About that election

I’ll start my letter in response to Bill Bunker (Monitor letters, Dec. 14) by saying I’ve never had a cup of fair-trade coffee. I drink plain black tea. I don’t sip merlot, but we do fly American flags daily. I don’t think patriotism means never criticizing the government. I think it means always striving to work toward that “more perfect union.”

I am well aware who is president, but what I think his supporters don’t acknowledge is this: By losing the popular vote, it means that a majority did not vote for him. Add to that the low overall turnout and this person does not have a screaming mandate. So criticism of lies, impulsivity and rude behavior is likely to continue.

As far as the science is settled, it is not right or left to respect education and to acknowledge that people who have studied climate as a career might be correct – that the learned minds of 194 countries might be right. It is common sense to realize that we live on a finite piece of matter, and it needs to be cared for. When did it become a bad thing to be intelligent? I’d like our president to be the smartest person in the room or at least smart enough to hire the smartest people.

Corporations often do great work and have accomplished great things but to ignore that they also have been responsible for pollution, poor working conditions and putting profits ahead of safety is close-minded.

Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others.” So while we all accept who won, it does not mean being given carte blanche on bad or irresponsible actions.