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America’s future in the balance

To the editor:

I would like to urge you to support New York’s existing law calling for the election of the president by a national popular vote of the people in all 50 states. When we vote for every other office, the candidate who gets the most votes wins. It should be the same for president. Two of our last three presidents have taken office despite the fact that their opponent received more votes. This is a textbook way to sow division throughout the country, and guess what? Voila! You now have the Divided States of America, a considerably weaker rendition of our country. This is a very bad time in our history for this to happen.

It would also make it much more difficult for “bad actors” to skew the vote in “swing states” and steal elections. Americans have historically chosen the better person in recent elections, but two of the last three presidents were put in office against the will of the majority of the people. Does ANYONE honestly believe that George W. Bush or Trump were good for America? Honestly? Both put pressure on the real professionals in the intelligence community to put forth the story they wanted to tell, resulting in disastrous decisions and costing many American lives. Does Trump exemplify good behavior? Good character? If you answer yes to either question, you need to take a good long look in the mirror. I’m not asking for opinion. I want the facts, and no, you can’t invent your own. George W. was a terrible president but would come off as an oasis in the desert in a side-by-side comparison with Trump. We got both of these “gifts” courtesy of the obsolete and extremely manipulable Electoral College. GET RID OF IT, and don’t continue to push to just “Vote, Vote, Vote,” but encourage Americans to VOTE RESPONSIBLY, VOTE INFORMED and recognize voting as NOT only a right but an obligation.

Best wishes,

Thomas Pondysh

St. Regis Falls

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