To the editor:

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.” — Thomas Jefferson.

Michael Kinser’s arguments for the elimination of the Electoral College are exactly the reasons that the Founders put it in place. He tells us that by 2040 50% of the people will live in just eight states. Apparently Kinser believes that eight states should be able to dictate to the rest how they should live and what is good for them. That is the Tyranny of the Mob that the founders feared so much.

Most of us in “fly over country” would actually like to have a voice in how our country is run. And we don’t like the idea of liberal do-gooders telling us how much pop we can drink, how much salt we are allowed, or what guns we can own. California is a liberal mess that the middle class is deserting in droves. Why would we want to put them in charge of ruining the rest of the country?

We prefer honest judges who make decisions based on the “rule of law” rather than the rule of political correctness. That is the last safeguard of our rights that the founders have built into our Republic.

I am not sure how you make the House of Representatives more representative unless Kinser actually meant the Senate and that was also made the way it is to prevent “mob rule.”

As for divisiveness, look no further than the democrat party that has for generations been the party of division and identity politics. Republicans are racist, homophobic, islamaphobic, sexist, haters, etc. Bernie went through the whole litany on TV recently.

In reality the source of most of the hate in this country is the lies Democrats tell about Republicans, Libertarians and conservatives.

“We are a Republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy.” — Alexander Hamilton.

Stephen Erwin


Thank you

To the editor:

Recently we had a consignment auction to benefit the Jay County 4-H Program and it was a huge success.

This could not have happened without help and assistance from many people.

We would like to take this time to publicly thank Ryan and Randy Davidson and Bryant Combine Parts for their huge help in getting this going as well as Craig Miller and Roger Geeseman.

Also thanks to Roger Geeseman, Zane Shawver, Chad Bricker, Pete Shawver Jr. and Laci Smitley for their assistance with the auctioneering services.

This first annual consignment auction would not have been successful without the people from the area consigning items and also donating items for sale. The 4-H council thanks each of you for what you gave.

There were many other people that did a lot of work before, during and after the auction that are too numerous to name but know that we thank all of you for your hard work. Thanks also to all of the buyers and to the 4-Hers that came and helped out. It’s great to have community support for our great 4-H program.

Thanks again for helping us “To Make the Best Better” for 4-H in Jay County.


Beth Stephen


Jay County 4-H Council