Tremendous community, Thanks for keeping us informed, Electoral win not same as majority vote — Letters to the Editor, April 4, 2020


April 4, 2020

Tremendous community

Who ever would have thought we would be in a situation in this world and our country staying at home, self-isolating with no ongoing/outside activities to help keep us entertained.

First, a sincere thank you to the Siuslaw School District for thinking ahead and developing a plan to keep our children up to age 18 fed.

Not only are they preparing two meals per child but running the bus routes so that these meals can be delivered to the children who ride the bus.

The other families may pick them up at various locations throughout town. Schools, whether elementary, middle, high school or college, provide so much in the way of not just academics but social enrichment/entertainment and everyone is feeling the void that the loss of these activities has created.

Obviously we all want to thank the numerous health care providers and first responders for working diligently to keep us healthy here in Florence, not only during this pandemic but all year long.

There is also a tremendous void with no Florence Events Center, CROW kids, and the other local theater and music groups providing us with wonderful entertainment all year long.

I miss our awesome restaurants, their chefs and wait staff, and our really beautiful gift shops and their owners and employees.

We look forward to the day that you can all hopefully re-open your doors and greet us once again.

To everyone, stay healthy and have faith not fear.

—Carol Salisbury

Florence

Thanks for keeping us informed

Thank you Siuslaw News team and all its staff for keeping the community informed in the midst of this crisis.

All the information we need to know about the pandemic, plus other pertinent information: What is cancelled, where to get help, weather data, global carbon report, the vegetarian article — the Siuslaw News is the “go-to” for everything Florence.

Kudos to you and your staff.

—Madelyne Barnett

Florence

Electoral win not same as majority vote

A letter on March 25 stated that a majority of Americans elected the current occupant of the White House and he should be respected.

In fact, a majority of Americans did not vote for Trump.

Our elections are corrupted by too much media coverage, too much money spent, and by the Electoral College. It was put in the Constitution by the founding fathers who did not trust ordinary men to vote — men who owned property were the only ones who could vote.

They invented a system of “electors.” The people casting votes were really choosing electors, not candidates. When the election was over, the electors counted the votes and announced the President and Vice President.

The system was designed to help smaller states, especially southern states with slaves and slave-owners; It’s a system that has been changed several times.

Each state has the number of electoral votes which is the sum of its Congressional representatives. Each state has two Senators and a number of Representatives based on population. “One person, one vote” is the standard which is not always realized.

The number of electoral votes ranges from 3 per state to 55 in California. The total of electoral votes is 538, but it takes only 270 (just over half) to “win” the presidency.

That leaves a “minority” of people in any state whose votes don’t count. When you put all those minorities together, it can actually be a majority of votes. That has happened in several U.S. elections, most recently in 2016.

Hillary Clinton received about 3 million more votes that Donald Trump.

One more thing: a person gets respect through responsible actions and fair treatment of other people — not because of a title.

—Shirley Nelson

Florence

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