Why it’s im­por­tant to vote for ev­ery of­fice

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

In his Your View piece on Aug. 7, Ge­orge Heit­mann de­scribed him­self as an “old, white, well ed­u­cated, rich man.” He could have been de­scrib­ing me — well, rich not so much.

Then he told us that in the 2016 presidenti­al elec­tion he cared for nei­ther Clin­ton nor Trump so he voted for “none of the above.” That is where we parted com­pany. I voted — for ev­ery of­fice.

At the close of the 1787 Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion, Ben­jamin Franklin was asked, “Well, Doc­tor, what have we got — a republic or a monar­chy?” Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I be­lieve Franklin was telling his in­ter­roga­tor that cit­i­zens in a republic have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be in­formed par­tic­i­pants in the po­lit­i­cal process. Mr. Heit­mann seems to be in­formed but not par­tic­i­pat­ing.

So I would add a word to his self-de­scrip­tion — neg­li­gent.

Glen T. Cheney Lower Ma­cungie Town­ship

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