Greed and great­ness ir­rec­on­cil­able

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Last week you may have read a fondly writ­ten trib­ute by Richard Brady and the obit­u­ary for “Louie” Miller. He was a good man.

Louie spent the last night of his life writ­ing post­cards to Democrats urg­ing them to vote. He was ap­palled by the 2016 election of a man who reg­u­larly stiffed work­ers in his em­ploy, is proudly a white na­tion­al­ist, puts per­sonal profit above all, bla­tantly lies, den­i­grates the dis­abled, de­mo­nizes the me­dia, en­cour­ages vi­o­lence against his op­po­nents and is, above all, in­tent on re­dis­tribut­ing in­come to the wealthy. A man who is not held back by ethics.

How could this man be pres­i­dent? This is not the Amer­ica that Louie fought to de­fend. He didn’t fore­see that a money-crazed char­la­tan could co­erce an un­bal­anced Congress to de­stroy the foun­da­tions of Amer­ica — a coun­try built by im­mi­grants, pro­vid­ing sanc­tu­ary to the per­se­cuted and of­fer­ing equal op­por­tu­nity.

He was per­plexed, as am I, by mid­dle-class vot­ers agree­ing to have their health care taken away and ac­cept­ing the prom­ise of re­duced So­cial Se­cu­rity so that cor­po­rate Amer­ica and the wealthy could have a tax break.

Greed and great­ness are ir­rec­on­cil­able; great­ness doesn’t come from me first. The great coun­try we once were is be­ing re­placed by The Hunger Games. This election may be our last gasp chance to re­store or­der and rea­son. Please vote a Demo­cratic ticket. SALLY HAYNES Sper­ryville

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