Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

In response to Allen Novosad’s letter April 29, in paragraph two he says the “socialists have no realistic way to even begin to pay for their welfare proposals, much less…” Not so. Be aware. See one proposal (sensible, I say) online by commentator David Pakman in a YouTube video published Feb. 11, lasting 10 minutes. He calls himself a Social Democrat and explains that elsewhere. He lists many of the “welfare” proposals and their costs, then lists a number of budget changes that can pay for the proposals. They are not radical.

I saw local vote tallies for the November 2018 election that show about one-third voted Democrat and two-thirds voted Republican. I guess Mr. Novosad is part of the larger group and holds many of their views. I see he expresses them to our community in the newspaper. My mother is in that group and does not use the internet, so maybe some in that group have constricted ways to learn. Maybe those who speak out in old-fashioned ways (I do so now) have excess influence on such people. My mother reads the paper and gets flustered if I tell her why I hold different views. I hate to take her to vote.

So, let’s try to hear in new ways and see that there are “realistic” answers. It is our duty (although I stumbled by accident on the video with the answers.)

Gregory Goetz, Victoria

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gregory goetz

To JC: You over react. I don't wish to fight. And I see you are using the internet. To GB: There is a nice story that tells about being unable to hear or see and it has a good ending finally. A persistent non-heroic citizen "with freedom" does the trick. If a person is not curious or is but can't access the story, then the teacher needs to find a new way to teach. Watch the TED video of Margaret Heffernan telling about an asbestos town in Montana. Good luck is welcome, too. I am just a timid parrot sometimes of what I think is good.

James Chandler

Your letter is quite narrow minded. Constricted ways to learn because someone doesn't use the internet? You hate to take your mother to vote? Heaven forbid someone uses the knowledge and opinions they acquired through actual experiences and witnessing history. Human nature doesn't change overnight and your mother likely fully understands that massive social programs have destroyed and will continue to destroy the self reliance, personal responsibility, and work ethic of more generations. And WOW, you stumbled upon all the answers on the internet. Even if that video was accurate, the problems of socialism is much more than just the money. Maybe you should listen to your mother a little more.

Grace Butler

Good luck. If intelligent, different ideas are proposed, it becomes a case of selective hearing/seeing to anyone who would rather stick to their own self-sabotaging beliefs.

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