This is why we need the electoral college

In reply to Mr. Iacono's letter regarding the president and the electoral college, I won't respond to his description of the president as it is very clear he has made up his mind and is not open to a different opinion and misinterprets the Mueller report to fit his biases. However, I cannot let the comments about the electoral college go unanswered. Mr. Iacono needs to study history and the reasoning by our founding fathers for establishing the electoral college.

I at one time, too, felt it should be abolished; but I researched this and now appreciate the forward thinking and reasoning for its formation. He is concerned about our constitutional rights and protections; however, destruction of the college will do just that! The college is a control system to ensure the individual states (all of our states and citizens) are fairly represented. Without the college, the densely populated East and West Coasts would “rule” the entire country and the states between the coasts would never have a say in presidential elections. It is a "checks and balance" system to guard against any small vocal area, with a specific agenda, speaking for the whole of the nation.

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The college makes sense if looking at statistics: There are 3,113 counties in the United States: Trump won [2,626, according to the Associated Press] and Clinton won [487]. There are 62 counties in New York State: Trump won 46 and Clinton won 16. In the five counties that encompass NYC, Clinton received [roughly 1.5] million more votes than Trump. So these 319 square miles alone [accounted for more than half of Clinton’s margin in] winning the popular vote. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles. It is ludicrous to suggest that the vote of those that inhabit only 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a "national" election. Large densely populated areas should not speak for the entire country; the geniuses who founded our country understood this and created a system to avoid it. Hopefully, everyone who reads this now understands the importance of the electoral college. Maybe Mr. Iacono should read "The Federalist Papers."

Diane Henkel

Hampstead

Columnist wrong about requirements, redactions

Does Bill Kennedy really not know there is no constitutional requirement for presidents and presidential candidates to release their tax returns? Search the internet, ask “Are presidents required to release their tax returns?” and you will find the answer to be a resounding “No!” Or did Bill Kennedy just slip that little untruth into his May 6 column to gin up anti-Trump sentiment hoping that most readers would not know the truth? Does the Carroll County Times not do any fact-checking on these opinion pieces?

Later in the same column, he wants the Mueller report to be released in full, no redactions. There are four reasons for the redactions. First, there is sensitive intelligence mentioned in the report that could compromise American agents, sources and methods. People could get killed. Second, there is grand jury testimony in the report and federal law states that grand jury testimony is not to be publicly released. That’s meant to protect grand jury members from being identified and to not bring undue attention to people who were never charged. Third, there is information in the report regarding ongoing investigations which could be compromised if released. Finally, there is the privacy right of people who were only peripherally involved with the Mueller investigation but never charged with a crime.

I relied heavily on a Vox.com article by Alex Ward for information about the Mueller report redactions. The redactions are more fully explained there and there are many other sources that appeared when I searched the internet. Surely Bill Kennedy could have done the same.

Jeff Copoulos

Manchester

Dues-paying member states case for unions

President Trump was saying about high union dues and the bosses’ high pay. I have been with AFSCME for 59 years and I still belong to the retirees and I never thought I was paying high union dues. The dues money goes to staff wages and benefits and office supplies.

Just look what the state legislators did to the state retirees. Took them off of the state prescription drug plan. That is why we need a union.

Williams Stevens

Keymar

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