Letter: We must build from promising elections

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To the editor:

Today newscasters were echoing passage from an anti-Vietnam War song — "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear." What the song was referring to was the fact that many people were beginning to rise up against the war. After a year with a dark cloud overhead, it appears that Democrats may be getting their act together. With important victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Washington State, the future appears to be a little brighter.

There is still a lot of work to be done to see that Democrats are elected and we must keep the momentum going. We cannot become complacent and expect that good things will just happen if we leave the effort to others. Those who are able to participate must become active as they did in Virginia and other places. Those who took part in the grassroots effort should be very proud of themselves. We can only hope that this type of effort will be in effect across the country;

Although a lifelong Democrat, I could have been satisfied with someone like John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, as president. He is a decent man with an excellent record and, I believe, the kind of experience and knowledge needed to be president. Why Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan allow themselves to be doormats to a man who only understands money and power is beyond me. And I believe his tweets are becoming annoying to many people who previously supported him.

I am also concerned with Steve Bannon and his influence on the Republican Party. There is so much garbage online that we have to carefully sort out the truth from the lies. Isn't it about time that all of us took an interest in where our country is heading?

I am not impressed with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and would like to see House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi replaced. Neither of them stir a feeling of confidence in me.

I am very concerned for our country and where it's heading. Are you concerned, too? If you are, then do something about it and take an interest in what's going on. You don't have to be glued to the television; just watching one or two newscasts each day would be a good start. I like to contrast MSNBC and CNN with Fox and compare their reporting.

Connie Dillon Yannone,

Pittsfield



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