I wonder whether the millennials and everyone else “feeling the Bern” are following the tragic events in Venezuela, where electricity and clean water are as scarce as pharmaceuticals and even beer. Yes, health care, housing and education are free for everyone, but the support mechanisms, supplies and sustainable programs necessary to deliver them are totally broken.
The country is a complete disaster, and more pain — if that’s possible — is sure to continue. How different would the glories of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ socialist democracy be from the one with which Hugo Chavez crippled his people and his country?
The people of Venezuela are feeling the real burn. And it’s horrific.
Richard F. Thomas Jr.
You know those spikes that law-enforcement people throw across the road to stop manic drivers? Would something like that help stop Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback?
He’s sort of like a fellow I knew growing up in the Ozark Mountains who brewed and drank so much moonshine it pickled his brain. Has anyone checked the basement at the Capitol, where he might be keeping his stash?
Seriously, nobody in his right mind would do to those he was elected to serve what he has done to the people of Kansas.
Where is Paul Davis when we need him?
I like Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, and I agree with most of what he has to say.
I don’t think of myself as a socialist, more a Franklin D. Roosevelt Democrat. I believe government can and should do big things that promote the common good — Medicare, public education, streets and highways.
I was pleased when Sanders decided to run for president. I think he is a good spokesman for liberal thinking, and he has done much to overcome the knee-jerk rejection of those ideas.
I think that was his original goal. I never thought Sanders would be a good president, and I doubt if he thought so either.
In the recent weeks, Sanders seems to have lost sight of his purpose. He may have gotten so wrapped up in the competition to win that he forgot what he set out to do.
Like Alec Guinness at the end of “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” Sanders is beginning to damage the cause he advocates.
Kansas City, Kan.
I have been an active Democrat since the Eugene McCarthy campaign in 1968. I have seen a lot of difference of opinion in those years, but never have I seen such undisciplined, nasty vitriol as I have seen from the followers of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
From Facebook to in-person encounters, they have been insulting and rude. Recently, they are having temper tantrums and threatening regular Democratic Party members with violence.
Bernie Sanders is not even a Democrat. He is a democratic socialist. His supporters show zilch interest in any other Democratic candidates, only Sanders.
The whole thing looks like a cult of personality, and I don’t like it.
Either get with the program or, dear Bernies, start your own party.
The U.S. and our allies have long fought, rightly so, to limit the number of states that possess nuclear weapons.
A country in an unstable region, or with a current or potential leader who is volatile, would become an immediate global security threat were it to acquire such armaments.
Now one of our political parties is nominating a person who is as emotionally unstable and volatile as any other leader we may fear. This narcissistic celebrity cannot be allowed to have control of our weaponry.
No matter how untrustworthy you think the opposing candidate is, the only sensible decision would be to elect the person more reasonable and experienced and who actually thinks before acting or reacting. You may not agree with the thought process, but at least there is a process being employed.
If you just can’t bring yourself to vote for the safer of the two candidates, please either stay home on Election Day or just skip voting for president. Another option would be a write-in vote for “John Miller” or “John Barron.”
Otherwise, we may soon face the unfathomable thought that our 43rd president wasn’t all that bad in comparison.