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