Letters to the Editor

Clinton is trustworthy

Yes, I can’t forgive Hillary Clinton for being careless with government emails.

But I trust Hillary.

As a pragmatic liberal she knows that in a democracy “government” is not a dirty word. She would dispute congressional Republicans who think it is.

I trust Hillary to defend the mostly Republican achievements of the Progressive Era, including the immense conservation of natural resources by President Theodore Roosevelt and the Pennsylvanian Gifford Pinchot.

I trust Hillary to save FDR’s New Deal. It gave factory workers the right to collective bargaining and gave desperate farmers crop price support, not to mention electric lighting.

I trust Hillary to remember the political courage of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson, who knew they were turning the white South over to the Republican Party when Truman desegregated the military by executive order in 1948, and Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

I trust Hillary to honor the physical courage of Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr., who repeatedly risked their lives in the white South for civil rights.

I trust her to strengthen Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare — and to nominate Supreme Court justices less partisan than the Republican majority that succeeded in gutting the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

Not least, I trust Hillary to keep her cool during the TV debates when she doggedly discusses solving problems, while being addressed as Crooked Hillary by a Donald Trump whose one skill — mastery of the Big Lie technique — would make Adolf Hitler proud.

John N. Rippey, Zion

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