The better choice

I want desperately to believe in Hillary. Like many feminists, I have for decades dreamed of some woman someday cracking that ultimate glass ceiling — the presidency. And along comes Clinton, tested by years in government, a woman who has persevered courageously through major setbacks, both personal and public. Her résumé alone renders her the obvious best choice for the job

The problem is, I don’t trust her. In every position change she’s made, she’s moved from what was politically safe to what later became so — with her vote for the invasion of Iraq to expressing regret for it, from support for the Transpacific Partnership to vague reservations about it, against marriage equality to support for it, and so on. In every case the shift suggests changes in public opinion rather than depth of values or judgment.

Her rival Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, gets it right the first time. He does so because his positions arise out of who he is, what he values — not what is politically convenient. 

While Clinton is well-informed on the specifics of governance, she appears to lack insight into major systemic problems — such as the overweening power and corruption of Big Money in whatever form it reaches her, e.g., lobbyists, speaking fees, etc.

 Sanders, however, has made this issue central to his campaign, using small donations to “crowdfund.” His surprising success shows that the electorate “gets” what Hillary does not. If we want a candidate to truly represent the 98 percent, we, the public, must fund this person. 

Another major issue acknowledged by Sanders but ignored by Clinton is the primacy of climate disruption as a threat, nationally and globally. Someone should be talking about it. Sanders is. Clinton isn’t.

Bernie’s the better choice.

Margaret Morris

The Wood family

I just read your entire paper on the San Buenaventura Sesquicentennial, great job (March 31).  I got a whole lot of information out of it that I had no clue about.

The only thing I can say on the negative side is, I can’t believe you didn’t include the Wood family in it. Jack Wood, the father who, at this writing, is 90 years old; and Tom Wood, the son, have lived in Ventura all of their lives. Jack Wood went to school at the mission; he related a story that when he and a couple of friends from the school (they were about 10 to 12 years old) were exploring the hills above the mission, one of the guys all of a sudden disappeared. The other guys went looking and found him in a cave he had fallen into. While they were exploring they found human skeletons.  

They reported the findings to the church officials who, within a few days, had the cave filled with concrete and told the boys not to tell anyone what they had found.

Today the Wood family owns quite a few pieces of property in Ventura, one of them being the building where the Sportsman Restaurant is located. They own the pocket park on Main Street, the building on Main Street where For Your Home Furniture is located and many others in downtown area as well as in Midtown.  They have also donated for years to many worthwhile projects in Ventura, not the least of which is the Rubicon Theatre.

Rellis Smith

Most qualified

If, as Paul Moomjean suggests (“Right Persuasion: The Trump conspiracy,” April 7), Hillary Clinton and her advisers were perceptive and brilliant enough to foresee that persuading Donald Trump to contest the Republican primary process would “disrupt the most attractive group of Republican candidates since 1980,” then clearly she is by far the most capable and qualified candidate of either party and certainly deserves everybody’s vote.  

Art Friedman
Santa Paula