PUD: Great service

Reading the recent World article pertaining to the power pole fire near Rock Island echoed my prior observations and personal experience with the PUD’s response to service interruptions.

Imagine anywhere else that a problem is reported at 9 a.m. and power is restored by 11 a.m.!

As I am fond of saying — “In the event of war, I want these people on my side.”

Roger Volkmann

Wenatchee

Dr. Anderson: Founding Fathers created a republic, not a democracy

Dr. Anderson, unless the other two branches of our government have somehow disappeared, your contention of an “autocracy” is nothing but anti-Trump hyperbole.

And no, Dr. Anderson, the Founding Fathers did not formulate or embrace democracy in any form; in fact, they feared it as something that would lead to the tyranny of the majority. The Founders embraced and formulated a constitutional republic.

As has been stated (by Benjamen Franklin), “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

The Founders never used the words “republic” and “democracy” interchangeably.

They had studied various forms and systems of government from throughout history in order to establish a system of government that would best deter a tyrant — or a group of tyrants — from denying God-given rights to Americans.

The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution do not use the term “democracy” to describe our form of government. Furthermore, neither the Articles of Confederation, nor the Constitution, set up direct democracies.

The system created by our Founders so feared democracies damaging impacts to individual rights and liberty, that they created a strong buffer against any possibility of a direct vote on government decisions, laws, and policies. If the Founders had desired a democratic participation in the federal government, they would have created a method of a direct vote and/or initiative process.

The Founders disagreed on many points, but on one point they ALL agreed wholeheartedly: The United States is not a democracy, never was, and never was intended to be. It is a Republic.

David Bugg

East Wenatchee

Election 2019

Reasons to go to war

After watching Carl Florea’s antics for several years now here in Leavenworth, it’s clear to me,and I hope to others as well, that Florea strongly identifies with the radical left in this country.

He was miffed that the city council wouldn’t pick up the tab for his failed “affordable housing” idea and he let his displeasure be known to all who would listen.

Lately, he’s shown his disdain for anyone who holds a different opinion on today’s issues, labeling them with bigoted scorn.

Pity he didn’t use the classic “deplorable” label, but he might as well have. It’s clear by his last letter to the World, that he holds us in complete disdain, and yet he thinks he can be a good mayor.

For whom, I ask?

Certainly not for conservatives! A man with this much hatred for his fellow citizens’ differing opinions demonstrates clearly that he isn’t fit to lead a city.

Reading that he thinks I’m a racist, bigoted, homophobic, islamophobic disgusting conservative makes me wonder why I spent 18 months in the jungles of Viet Nam, fighting for the right of people to be free to express themselves.

Mr. Florea shows me that his views are NOT part of the America I fought for, but rather those of the people I fought against.

Jarret Griffin

Leavenworth