Extremists’ view continues division

I was surprised to learn that I hate President Trump, at least according to Mr. Valardi’s Oct. 1 letter.

The tragedy of our time is that no one seems to look beyond their own beliefs in an attempt to understand the other side. The extremists’ creed of “my way or the highway” leaves our country deeply divided and prevents the people’s work from being done.

Valardi’s letter is typical of those who substitute talking points and invective for intellectual discussion. Admittedly, it is much easier to bandy about phrases like “Communist Manifesto” and “burning cities” than to take the time to participate in rational and civil discourse, but I guess he lacks either the time or inclination to do so.

Instead of presenting a coherent response to my criticisms he resorts to name calling. There is a maxim in the law: “When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, bang on the desk and attack your opponent.” He exemplifies this.

I have liberal friends who can’t understand why anyone would re-elect Trump, and they tend to suffer from the same myopia. Trump appealed in 2016 to voters who felt that they were being ignored by Washington, and Trump’s appeal to their fears gained their support.

The same is happening now with the Democratic base: they feel they are being left out of the equation by the Republicans and support Biden.

Have we gone too far? Is moderation dead? Whatever the election’s outcome, will it be possible to return to an era where both sides of the aisle can work together, or is the word “compromise” permanent anathema to both sides? If so, we face a future of mutual distrust, if not actual hatred.

James Tutak

Wellsboro

Count needs to begin before election day

As the state legislature continues to consider voting issues, I hope they will allow our hard working election officials to begin counting ballots at least three days before election day.

Many more people than ever before will be voting early by mail. Twelve other early voting states, both red and blue, have proven that beginning the vote count early is safe and efficient. Giving our officials enough time to do their work in a calm, unhurried manner would avoid confusion and thus protect the integrity of the election.

Karen Meyers

Wellsboro

Vote any way — by mail or absentee

When we vote in person, we first have to sign in so that the poll worker can verify that we are eligible. Then we are given a card to insert into a machine so that we can vote privately.

While voting, the machine prompts us when we have made a mistake by voting for two opposing candidates or voting for all when we were supposed to vote for two or three of the choices available, etc. We get a chance to fix our mistake.

When we have filled out the ballot we then get another chance to review who we voted for and make changes if needed before we hit the vote button.

Voting by mail is similar except that it is up to you to make sure you’ve voted properly. Fill out and sign the outer envelope so that the poll worker can verify that you are eligible to vote.

Place your ballot in the unmarked “secrecy” envelope to allow privacy when you vote. (If you forget to use the privacy envelope and your vote will not be counted.) It is also up to you to get your ballot to the county in time to be counted just like you have to get to the polls before closing time.

Also remember that it is not a person who will read your mail-in ballot. It is a machine trained to only count votes that are clearly marked. So be sure to completely fill in the circle by your candidate’s name to be counted.

A faint check mark will most likely be missed by the machine reader and your person will not get your vote.

No matter which way you vote, just vote!

Loren Nowak

Wellsboro

Democratic Party is no longer the party of JFK

The Democratic Party has moved drastically to the far Left. The joint manifesto of Joe Biden with Bernie Sanders is 110 pages of radical far-left policies from a job-killing $2 trillion climate agenda to eliminating cash bail, increased taxes, open borders and rejection of “America First” policies. It deceives the working-class voters Biden alleges to represent and destroys any claim that he is a “moderate.”

Joe Biden’s choice for vice president, Kamala Harris, is the most radical far left member in Congress. In a chilling interview with Stephen Colbert, Kamala Harris basically promised continued violence from Black Lives Matter in this country for the foreseeable future. Smiling, Harris then recounted how she saw the protests as: “a beautiful sight, people of every race, age, gender, together.”

Black Lives Matter was founded July 13, 2013 by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. Patrisse Cullors said in a 2015 video that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists” — making clear their movement’s ideological foundation.

Breitbart News reported that Cullors, was the protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, and spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology that shaped her worldview. Patrisse Cullors said “The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia (Garza) in particular are trained organizers”

Well-meaning people might close their eyes and plug their ears in disbelief and vote for Biden out of yearning for a Democratic Party that no longer exists.

But with his “Unity Task Forces” document, Biden has proven that he is only an empty box. Sleepy Joe, who was for police and working people and law and order, is long gone. His body is there but, like his party, it has been overtaken by the socialist left. Biden speaks out of both sides of his mouth on many issues including defunding the police and fracking.

The biggest clue to the destructive ideology that drives the Biden-Sanders manifesto is the word “equity,” which appears 34 times. Equity means equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity. It is the very DNA of Marxism and everything ruinous that emanates from it, as occurred in the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.

If Biden is elected, VP Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will transform America to destructive socialism.

Edwin Gillmore

Blossburg

Be careful with your vote

Be careful what you wish for — you must might get your wish. Be very, very careful with your vote.

The 2020 campaign has dominated the news. When I see some of the discourse veering toward Marxism (and before you jump all over me), consider this: The founders of BLM, by their own admission, are trained Marxists. No, the George Floyd death should never have happened. Neither should David Dorn (retired policeman) and so many others.

Were these riots and destruction justified? And the removing of historical statues and history? No. I did not see condemnation from the Left. I see candidates that are perfectly willing to throw our country away for their personal enrichment.

Ten points to consider and refresh your memory from the book “Capital — and Other Writings” by Karl Marx:

“Nevertheless in the most advanced countries the following will be pretty generally applicable:

  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the STate, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centraliation of the means of communication and transport at the hands of the State.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvements of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; graduation abolition of the distinction between town and country by more equable distribution of the population over the county.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial productions, etc., etc.

For the government to own everything is not a pretty sight. America matters — and all lives matter.

Nancy Becker

Mansfield