Trump and dead end roads
Editor of the Reformer:
As I was driving home the other day, I was behind a beat up old pick-up with a Vermont license plate, driven by a man. In the back window was a large sign that said "TRUMP." Now what could a not very rich, working man have in common with a billionaire who lives in a mansion?
Realizing that the Republicans in Congress have for eight years been trivializing an African American president, I got it. Donald Trump can say any outrageous thing. He could have four heads. None of it matters. All that matters is he is a white male.
J.K. Rowling in her 2008 commencement address at Harvard said, "And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. ... They can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know." I think this describes Donald Trump and his followers.
There are many things to be afraid of in this world. I worry about the next generation. I do know that if we don't find ways to work together, to utilize the best minds to solve today's problems, we may not make it as a species. Pitting one group against another is not a solution, it is a dead end.
Lynn Martin, Brattleboro, June 16