July letters: Readers weigh in on candidates

Choose democracy over autocracy 

As a new state, Nevada sold gold bullion to the Union, sent silver and soldiers to shore up the Union efforts in the Civil War, and cast a deciding vote for President Abraham Lincoln. Historians credit these resources as a deciding factor in our country surviving the major threat of secession. As the fall elections approach, will Nevada once again step up to defend our Constitution and protect our precious democracy? 

In our current binary selection process for president, there is only one candidate who has demonstrated an understanding and commitment to America’s role as leader of the free world, and has demonstrated the character, intellect, ability and experience to lead our country. The other candidate has vowed to do away with our revered Constitution and declared his preference for an autocratic, dictatorial form of government based on a fascist philosophy. He reveres enemies of America as the individuals he hopes to emulate if he becomes president again. He consistently shows disdain for women, immigrants and anyone different from himself, including those struggling to survive economically. 

If we choose one candidate and choose wrongly, we can correct our choice in our next election. If we choose the other candidate and choose wrongly, there may never be another opportunity to vote at all. The right and responsibility for each citizen to vote has never meant more since the Revolutionary War. 

I am a proud native Nevadan, a graduate of Gardnerville Elementary School and Reno High School. My grandparents, Mathias and Edith Hansen, and other family members helped settle Carson Valley, where they are buried today, and to build the communities of Gardnerville and Minden. My grandmother’s Christensen siblings played similar roles in Sparks and Fallon. 

I am asking Nevada to reject destructive partisanship. Let Nevada once more show the way to a strong, democratic, inclusive America—one committed to the values expressed and reflected in our federal Constitution, and on which rest the future and character of our entire country. 

Frances David, Oakland, Calif. 

Your vote matters 

I’ve been told more than once that my vote doesn’t matter, because it isn’t measurable, and besides, all politicians are the same. Rubbish! 

Voting is how our Constitution empowers us to affect change or maintain a status quo. It’s true that in most cases, a single vote doesn’t matter, but “most” by definition does not mean “all.” A quick internet search shows some interesting one-vote wins throughout history, such as in 1962, when governors of Maine, Rhode Island and North Dakota all won by an average of one vote per precinct. 

The issues in this election are too clearly defined for anyone to claim that “all politicians are the same.” Global warming, two hot wars of unimaginable cruelty being waged using weapons paid for by our tax dollars, an unprecedented strain on our southern border and immigration system, and women’s reproductive rights are just a few issues where the differences between the sides couldn’t be clearer, and where the differences have tremendous long and short-term impact on everyone. 

Perfect candidates don’t exist, because there are as many opinions on how to solve critical issues as there are critical issues. The best we can do is pay attention as best we can and vote for candidates who most closely reflect our own ideals. If you know what you believe in, the choices in this election could not be clearer. 

Mike Rottman, Minden