To the Editor:

We are now at the start of a new campaign and a new chance to select our next president. Perhaps the biggest difference this time is the party out of power has a large enough group of candidates to choose from. Variety is important here in a political road that has become blocked by a party in power that leans towards moving towards singular rule. The brawler in chief has made it quite clear that he has little respect for the sharing of power that the Constitution has long ago established and that has been revered by many democratic candidates and voters. The question is do voters want this type of government? Probably not, or we are mislead. Hopefully we do not support this idea of leadership of one. We have always voted and selected our leaders. And must understand preservation of the ideas and principles of this democracy is much more important than any one leader or candidate. Whether it's Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, or a write-in, it is imperative that these voters in this democracy find a candidate that will stand up and defend the principles of this country, which means all potential immigrants be given a chance to apply for asylum or immigrant status without intimidation by cages, wire fences, goon squads or denial of human rights. As we have for centuries, we must continue to welcome immigrants to the process of immigration and a humane judgment of their citizenship requests. If we cannot assure these basic rights without harassment and insult or violence, we can no longer claim the title of a democracy or defend the principles of a free state.

John Flynn