Conscientious voter objects to advice

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What a disappointing print media weekend it was weekend before last. I had the misfortune to read Ruben Navarrette’s column in the Nov. 11 edition of the Fresno Bee in which he advises Latinos to “skip the line” and not vote for President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney. What a bunch of crap.

The very next day, Charles P. Doud, the editor and publisher of The Madera Tribune, takes voting one step further. He editorializes that it’s just fine that “90 million Americans who are eligible to vote probably won’t.” He goes on to say that he “doesn’t want a bunch of idiots making decisions about how our county, our state or our nation should be governed.” I believe Mr. Doud may be confusing some voters with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent of Americans.

There is no doubt that Mr. Navarrette is an accomplished writer. I read his book, “A Darker Shade of Crimson” when it was published in the early 1990s. I recall it was mostly an interesting read about a young Chicano who attended and later graduated from Harvard University. However, I did not agree with everything he wrote then as I don’t always agree with everything he writes now.

It occurs to me that there must be some underlying reasons why Mr. Navarrette and Mr. Doud would undermine the voting process because of some ill-perceived reason. I first voted in the 1956 election and have voted in every election since. I believe that voting is one of the most fundamental rights we have as Americans and I challenge Mr. Navarrette and Mr. Doud to prove me wrong.

The one saving grace is the editorial on the Fresno Bee of 11/5/12 in which they tell us to “vote wisely, ignore political cynics by being a wise voter.”

This letter to the editors will probably be published after the election so it will not influence anyone. Such a pity.

Ramiro R Gutierrez,
Madera

 

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