Bad, Bad Jerry Brown
Re “Jerry Brown’s Comeback” by John Nichols [June 9/16]: I have been voting for Jerry Brown as long as I’ve been voting for Tom Hayden—but not this time. In his quest to prove to himself, perhaps, that he is an independent man, Mr. Brown is bringing us fracking.
This is California! We have all the sun and wind necessary to create a solar/wind-powered, energy-efficient, carbon-neutral state that could be a shining star. Jerry has the drive and creative energy to create a program that would put thousands of disenfranchised Latino and African-American kids to work in their communities doing something to make us all proud! Instead, he is bringing us fracking. He will never get my vote again.
When will California’s governor display the smarts to have desalination units installed along the state’s coast? They would pipe cleaned ocean water into drought-stricken areas and provide drinking water to their inhabitants. Ditto for states that border the Gulf of Mexico. During his presidency, Jimmy Carter promoted water pipelines from the Gulf to the Midwest. Congress ignored him. Now, because of political ignorance, drought threatens our agriculture. Would a President Bernie Sanders act smarter? Yes.
Brown does not fit the mold of either party. He is solution-oriented, trying to find out what works without regard to dogma and party ideology. He also appears to care more about the vast majority of us than about powerful special-interest groups. The fact that he alienates both sides should tell you something.
He Speaks Like an Angel
Thanks for introducing Nation readers to my friend the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II [“A Prophetic Moral Vision,” July 7/14]. He is a brilliant strategist and tactician who speaks like an angel. At the end of his article about movement building, there was an unfortunate typo. You printed: “God has given us everything we need; all we need to do is fight back and fight forward. And if we do it, our children’s children will holler our name, because in the time of challenge, we did not give up.” Sometimes we do “holler” when the racist right tries to aggravate the man-made breach in the human race we have dedicated our lives to repairing. But here, he wrote “hallow,” as in “hallowed be thy name.”
Al McSurely, civil rights lawyer
chapel hill, n.c.