The Art of Nonviolence
I am appalled by the drawing on the cover of the Feb. 12/19 issue of Donald Trump being physically assaulted. I was equally appalled when he tweeted the picture of himself assaulting a figure labeled “CNN.” I don’t understand the rationale of stooping to his level, and I feel like this kind of portrayal condones physical violence.
At a tough time for all who care about humanity, the article “California Shows How to Beat Trump” [Feb. 12/19] gives hope. All the other “blue” states need to copy California’s lead.
Two steps that California has taken that were not mentioned but should have been were its efforts to protect voting rights by passing automatic voter registration and Vote by Mail; it has begun pilot versions of the latter in five counties with the aim of eventually expanding Vote by Mail throughout the state, as in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.
Those two reforms, combined with Election Day registration, allowing preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, passing the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, replacing electronic voting machines, instituting ranked-choice voting, and combining all local elections with the midterm elections, must become the goal of all progressives and Democrats. Most of these reforms boost voter turnout. Several also save tax dollars, for which I am sure governing bodies could find much better uses.
In Defense of Male Feminists
Re the latest Katha Pollitt column, “Overkill?” [Feb. 12/19], let me get this straight: Somebody I’ve never heard of does something distasteful, and because of that Pollitt declares that I, as a self-proclaimed male feminist, can never be trusted. How is that fair? It reeks of prejudice.
Pollitt is my favorite Nation columnist. However, that statement had me rolling my eyes.
Donald S. Handy
mount clemens, mich.
I have always put the term “feminist man” in the category of fighting words, just as being a white person and declaring that you are not a racist means you are probably just that. Regarding men who harass in the workplace, I want to say to them that they can stay out of trouble simply by not being jerks.