Independents disenfranchised in primaries
The news is full of what many states are doing to: pass laws to “secure” voting; audit’ election results six months after the election to catch voter fraud; prevent voter fraud; make it easier/harder for U.S. citizens to vote by changing vote by mail, drop boxes, early voting times and places, purging voter lists, etc.
Congressional bills H1 and S1 would set standards to make elections safer and fairer for U.S. citizens to vote. Ask your senator to vote for Senate Bill S1.
What are we to believe? Polls say that many people believe that the 2020 election did not provide valid election counts, despite multiple official election audits and 60 court cases that did not find any fraud in any 2020 election.
What I do know and believe is that for the past 50 years, independent voters have been barred from having their voices heard or votes count in primary elections. This is because in most states primary elections are partisan; you must be registered either Democrat or Republican to cast your vote! Unless a stray independent candidate runs for a local office (school board, mosquito control, etc.) I personally believe that primary elections should be “open” for all U.S, citizens to select the best qualified candidates to run in the general election.
I will be angry if the new state election laws also make it harder for independent voters to register and vote in a general election. Restricting the right to vote by changes in state laws may be unconstitutional.
Linda Lindquist, North Fort Myers
Trump lost. Get over it
A recent letter-to-the-editor claimed that inquiries into “voting irregularities” have been suppressed. How many times must inquiries be made before Trump and his supporters accept the outcome of an election held over six months ago?
Voting in Georgia was examined, reexamined, and reexamined again. The Georgia secretary of State and head of election security (both Republicans) have certified the results of a fair and proper election. The audit in Arizona, where ballots and voting machines have been handed over to partisans looking for bamboo, is a sham. Republican appointed judges have dismissed as baseless over 60 “fraud” cases. Trump cybersecurity expert Chris Krebs called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.” (Of course, Trump, in his delusional state, fired him.)
Enough is enough! Trump lost. Get over it.
The only inquiry that needs to be made is by the Jan. 6 bipartisan commission proposed by the House. The American people deserve to know how the insurrection was organized, who is responsible, and how we can be sure that our democracy is never threatened in this way again.
Mary Calabrese, Bonita Springs
How does this help us compete?
An article in the Business section had a headline titled “Biden bets on wage growth while GOP warns of inflation.” I was struck by the comment, ” Boosting wages gets at the central promise of the Biden presidency to improve the lives of everyday Americans and restore the country’s competitive edge.”
How do these tie together? If we pay higher wages, how does this help us compete with China or Mexico or other countries who employ very cheap labor? How are wages and being competitive in the world part of a central plan?
Ron Wobbeking, Naples
College faculties not politically diverse
Professor Brandon Jett in his recent opinion piece, “Colleges and universities not sites of liberal indoctrination” would have us believe that the faculties at Florida’s colleges are politically diverse. He argues: “some faculty and staff have liberal views… And there are also strong contingents of conservative faculty.” Jett offers no data to support such a contention.
Indeed, a detailed analysis of the political affiliation of the faculties of the nation’s colleges and universities presents quite a different picture. Mitchell Langbert’s article, “Homogenous: The Political Affiliation of Elite Liberal Arts College Faculty” in Academic Questions describes an extraordinary lack of political diversity on college campuses. The top five schools in the U.S. News and World Reports ranking of Best Liberal Arts Colleges are: Williams, Amherst, Wellesley, Swarthmore and Bowdoin. Of the political party affiliation declared by faculty members in those colleges, 597 were Democrat and a mere 8 were Republican. In the top 50 of U.S. News-ranked colleges the Democrat: Republican ratio was 10:1. A striking disparity in political affiliation.
I doubt that the political affiliation of the faculties of the Florida colleges differs significantly from Langbert’s data. Professor Jett may want to submit data that shows otherwise.
James F. Lally, Naples