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Letters to the Editor for December 7, 2016

Wolrdwide Candle Lighting

To the Editor:

When a child dies in your family, the world changes, and you will never again be the same person. The loss of a child, no matter the age or circumstance, is truly one of life’s harshest blows.

Compassionate Friends, a self-help bereavement organization, created a Worldwide Candle Lighting. It is always held on the second Sunday in December, which this year is Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. Each person lights a candle that burns for one hour. Candles are first lit just west of the International Date Line and an hour later in the next time zone, eventually creating a 24-hour wave of light to remember all children who have died.

Roger and I invite you and your readers to light a candle on Sunday, the 11th, at 7 p.m. in remembrance of our children. Please add your flame to the wave of light around the world.

Kathy Francis


Electoral College

To the Editor:

Letters on this page have decried our nation's Electoral College system. There have been the usual misguided calls for “majority rule!” And there have been arguments that the system reflects an elitist prejudice of the Constitution's framers, that citizens generally were too ignorant to select the chief executive.

The following quote from William C. Kimberling of the Federal Elections Commission puts these arguments to rest:

“Direct election (of the president) was rejected not because the Framers of the Constitution doubted public intelligence but rather because they feared that without sufficient information about candidates from outside their state, people would naturally vote for a 'favorite son' from their own state or region.

“At worst, no president would emerge with a popular majority sufficient to govern the whole country. At best, the choice of president would always be decided by the largest, most populous states with little regard for the smaller ones.”

The Framers genius in forming a republic rather than a direct democracy included the establishment of the Electoral College, which protects smaller states from domination by those more populous.

This is culturally as well as politically important. Without the Electoral College, the 30 states won by Trump would be subject to the caprices of a president who carried only 20. Those 20 states dominate the raw vote due to urban populations in which the cultures of victimhood and dependency are deeply entrenched and public education tends to produce ignorant citizens. (This is where an argument for government by the elite might prevail.)

Before expending more energy on this subject, why not wait until the final figures are in? If we toss out illegitimate ballots — which tend to be pro-Democrat — Donald Trump may yet win the popular count.

Michael Ackley


Public money misused

To the Editor:

College student Jacob Fraker nailed it in his well-written letter (“Education underfunded,” Nov. 30).

It is now fairly obvious Sonora High trustees misused public education money, although they will likely deny it until students are sitting on tree logs holding slate tablets.

Jim Prunetti


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