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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Trump Doesn’t Deserve Inauguration Protests

I personally think it is a bad move to protest the Trump inauguration [“Protestors Plan to Crash Inauguration” by Tatyana Hopkins, Dec. 8, 2016, edition]. Even though I don’t believe in what President-elect Donald Trump stands for, I do believe that Inauguration Day is not the day to protest. Inauguration Day is the day when we as Americans celebrate the peaceful transition of power, and we all should celebrate that. There will be plenty of time to protest President Donald Trump and his policies. We should believe in the democratic process of voting and that our vote counts. It’s just that this time, for a lot of us, we got outvoted, but it’s the process that we must have and keep our faith in. We as Americans cannot allow others to weaken our faith in our democratic system of one person, one vote, because, believe me, there are those out there who would like nothing more than to see that faith broken.

Andre Kidd
Washington, D.C.

Compromise the Key to Electoral College Conundrum

The debate has started again as to whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president while others believe the Electoral College should remain unchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the framers, so it is that compromise can solve this problem. The solution is to change the electoral votes to electoral points and reward each candidate a percentage of points based on the percentage of popular votes received in each state. This would eliminate the “winner take all” system, thus allowing for all the votes to count. A voter is more apt to believe their vote counted when a percentage of popular votes are taken into account rather than the “all or nothing” system currently in existence. Further, this new system would integrate the desire for a popular vote for president with the need for the individual states to determine who actually gets elected.

Joe Bialek
Cleveland, Ohio

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