Elect another Christensen

I agree with former City Recorder Barbara Christensen to keep her position elected.

During the “Paver-gate” debacle on the Plaza, Barbara helped us locate public documentation concerning the mishandling of the gray pavers on the Plaza. After receiving the factual information, we could then complete the Plaza documentary, “Where Have All the Colors Gone.”

I believe if Barbara’s position was appointed and left to the powers at City Hall, we would not have found these troublesome facts. Please, let’s elect another Barbara Christensen.

Cici Brown

Ashland

The new big lie

The ghost of Ralph Nader continues to haunt the Democrats and now resides in the body of Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president in 2016. There are emerging reports that blame Stein for Clinton’s defeat, because her small vote total in four key states that Clinton lost (Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) deprived Clinton of those electoral votes needed to win. In response to this latest attempt to blame a Green Party candidate for a Democrat’s defeat, let’s simply count the registered and identified Democrats who did not vote for their party’s candidate.

Some history is in order regarding the 2000 election, with Ralph Nader and the key state of Florida, the focus of outrage from Democrats who blame him for Al Gore's loss in the 2000 election. Gore lost Florida by only 537 votes out of a total of 5,963,110. There were many important issues surrounding that 2000 election—such as electoral fraud and intimidation by the Republicans, and the criminal decision by the Supreme Court to give the contested election to George W. Bush.

The “big lie,” however, was that Nader was responsible for Al Gore's 2000 defeat because Nader's total caused Gore to lose Florida and thus the presidency. This is untrue. It was not Nader's 97,000-plus votes in Florida that helped defeat Gore, but the 900,000-plus registered Democrats who did not support him. The facts are indisputable: There were 3,853,000 registered Democrats, compared to 3,474,000 Republicans (numbers rounded off). The rest were independents or registered with smaller parties. But some 941,000 registered Florida Democrats did not vote for Gore or voted for Bush, nearly 10 times the number who voted for Nader. Who’s to blame for losing the election—the Democrats or the Greens and those who voted for Nader? Democratic laments about the lost 2000 election in Florida and nationally obscure the truth: Democrats who didn’t vote or voted Republican in Florida and elsewhere gave Bush the election.

The same argument holds for Clinton’s 2016 loss in the four key contested states listed above: In Florida some registered 400,000 Democrats did not vote for her, and she lost by 113,000 votes; in Michigan the totals were 317,000 and 11,000; in Pennsylvania, they were 455,000 and 44,000; and in Wisconsin 145,000 and 23,000.

Blaming Stein, who got 51,000 in Michigan, 64,400 in Florida, 50,000 in Pennsylvania, and 31,100 in Wisconsin, takes the heat off those Democrats who did not vote for Clinton. As with Nader in 2000, attention must be focused on the Democratic Party itself, and its supporters. They must stop scapegoating Greens and confront the warmongering and Wall Street policies of their own party—and the millions of Democrats who did not vote.

John Marciano

Talent