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Voice Letters: Readers Sound Off on Bernie, Kanye, and More

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Like Santayana Said…

Kudos to R.C. Baker for his sober and well-reasoned article, “It’s the History, Stupid” [Voice, February 17]. I, too, admire the millennials for their exuberance and idealism. I ask only one thing: Please Google the 1972 election results, in which liberal senator George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon.

This was my first opportunity to vote and I relished the opportunity to unseat Nixon with the same exuberance and idealism. The results? Nixon crushed McGovern, winning 49 of 50 states. Our only voice then, sadly, was to drive around with a bumper sticker that read, “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts!”

Although this time we’re not voting against an incumbent, the antiestablishment zeitgeist is frighteningly similar. I remain idealistic in my heart to this day, but pragmatic in reasoning. While I’m uncertain about Hillary Clinton, I can’t bear to think that we could have a President Trump, Cruz, or Rubio. Apologies in advance for this hackneyed Santayana quote, but here goes: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I believe Mr. Baker is correct: This election is far too important to sit out or vote for a potential third-party candidate. Should she win the Democratic nomination, please go to the polls and pull the lever for HRC in November!

— Don Cohen, NYC

Don’t Trust Hillary

I’m 69 years old, a lifelong Democrat, and I’m sick of establishment politicians and their media arms telling me to sit down, shut up, and vote for Hillary Clinton or else the Republicans will take over the presidency. I’ve been alive and involved with politics long enough to know that Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy, and I will NEVER vote for her. If the establishment wants to protect the country, maybe it should rethink its support for her candidacy.

— Maralynne Nathanson Flehner, via Facebook

What Can Bernie Really Accomplish?

Let’s say Bernie manages to win the primary AND a general election (both doubtful)…then what? Another four years of paralysis? The Senate may go Democrat, but the House will still likely be Republican. I’m happy to pay more in taxes for universal health care and education, but how, exactly, does he plan on executing these ideas? Getting them through Congress? Never happen. I am NO FAN of Hillary, but unlike Obama, she won’t try and sing kumbaya with the right…she knows the enemy.

— Kevin Medina, via Facebook

Stop With the Scare Tactics

Do you really think people are stupid? Do you really think we cannot tell the difference between the past and the present? Do you really think you need to regurgitate the foulness of history to convince us of the stench of today? Stop trying to scare people into choosing a lesser evil so we don’t get a worse one. This has only paved the way to where we are now. The people who say it can’t be done should not interrupt the people doing it. We are at our own unique and outstanding tipping point in American history. Please go forward with that in mind instead of using the past — and fear — to sway our choice for what we need to stand up for today and for our future.

— Tracy McBride, via Facebook

‘Chinaman’s Chance,’ Indeed

Race infuriates all of us [” ‘Policing in America Is Not on Trial Here,’ ” Voice, February 17]. It becomes difficult to reason, to remember that principles are only principles if they are applied universally.

Liang should not receive a pass because he happens to be a minority himself. But he shouldn’t be subjected to selective prosecution either, or a sentence that makes him an example. He ought to be treated like others.

There are so many others who could have been held accountable, before and to a greater extent. That is the most compelling claim in favor of Liang, the absence of high-profile convictions of his peers who are Caucasian. The old-fashioned phrase “a Chinaman’s chance,” meaning no realistic possibility, was coined with cause. That’s what Liang had in court.

It is possible to agree, in the strongest terms, that black lives matter, while also insisting, equally, that due process be respected. Asian Americans, no different than African Americans, have a stake in eliminating racial profiling. It serves no community to be pitted against another.

How strange, how wrong, it is that the face picked to represent police brutality toward blacks is yellow.

— Jim Kun, via Facebook

Kanye’s the Joke

In a perfect world Kanye would not exist [“Is Kanye Over?Voice, February 10]. But this world hands us a joke once in a while, and Kanye is the punchline.

— Michael Kelch, via Facebook

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