Every vote should count

To the editor:

In the recent election Vice President Joe Biden received a majority of 7.1 million popular votes and 74 Electoral College votes. With this overwhelming number of votes, he could have lost the election if his opponent had received 270 of the 538 total Electoral votes.

With only a 65,000 vote swing from the 7.1 million majority, this could have happened. Five times in history presidential candidates have won the popular vote and lost the Electoral College.

With the four-year period between presidential elections and the absence of printed matter, people have limited knowledge of the Electoral College. Very few people are aware there was a strong affiliation between the Electoral College and slavery.

In 1787 selected state delegates convened in Philadelphia for a Constitutional Convention. The greatest challenge facing them was approving a system for electing presidents. Many of them were opposed to Congress being involved and were also opposed to electing by popular vote.

Dissension arose to the Electoral College idea because slaves, who couldn’t vote, would be counted in the tally of the overall population of the states.

This count would determine the number of electors voting for a presidential candidate. Eventually, there was a compromise that enslaved Blacks would count as three-fifths of a person when the population count was tabulated. With this, the Electoral College was ratified by the delegates.

It appears that the strong resistance to electing a president by popular vote was the power they could attain by excessive support of the people.

At the time of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 political parties didn’t exist. As these parties evolved, power was divided on a more equal basis. As this came about and after the Civil War the Electoral College should have been abolished and election of the president by popular vote enacted into law. When I vote I want my vote to be counted in the overall total and not killed by an electoral vote.

Charles Miller

Waynesville

Help CWS do the right thing

To the editor:

On Feb. 8, 2021, at 8:46 a.m. my daughter was involved in an auto accident on new Clyde Highway/Radio Hill in front of McDonald’s/Canelos/Domino’s.

She was taking her 2-year-old daughter to the pediatrician when a CWS garbage truck merged into her forcing her into the center turning lane. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Unfortunately, the truck did not stop. A motorist who witnessed the accident followed the truck and flagged him down telling him he had just hit someone. The Canton Police Department called CWS and acquired the driver’s name. The driver is denying ever hitting my daughter.

If you are that Good Samaritan who witnessed the accident, or if anybody reading this letter witnessed the accident, could you please contact the Canton Police Department.

There was quite a bit of damage done to my daughter’s 2016 Ford Edge. It would be very helpful if CWS and the driver would take responsibility for this accident for insurance purposes. Thank you.

Doris Cathey

Canton

Better explanation

To the editor:

In editing the length of my recent column on Climate and the Big Freeze in Texas, I dropped a few lines that would have clarified why in spite of long-term global warming — in fact because of it — there can be increasing extremes of both hot and cold weather spells throughout the globe.

The normally stable cold air mass over the North Pole is called the Polar Vortex. It becomes unstable under certain unusual and complex conditions.

The dramatic warming of the Arctic region contributes powerfully to this phenomenon. Instability of the Vortex causes disruption of the Jet Stream and as one Texas climate scientist put it- then “there’s nothing between us and the Arctic but barbed wire.”

For a well illustrated explanation of the Polar Vortex and climate weirdness consult this:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2021/02/19/3-things-people-get-wrong-about-the-polar-vortex-and-climate-change/?sh=5470a78b426e

Stephen Wall MD

Waynesville

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