Letters to the Editor — Nov. 15, 2023

Seeking singers

Just a quick reminder that Peninsula Singers is looking for new members, especially men! We need your voices!

Your participation would be such a blessing to us and to our community!

We focus on “chamber” music, but, we also do other styles, too. It’s a busy time of year, to be sure, but, please, consider joining us! See PeninsulaSingers.org.

Karla Morgan

Peninsula Singers

Gratitude to all veterans

Members of Fairview Grange wish to express their gratitude to all veterans for their service.

We recognize Veterans’ Day serves a very important purpose and we will miss having our annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner this year to personally thank you! We are grateful to heroes, past and present, for serving our country with courage and sacrifice.

We respect you, thank you, honor you, and express our gratitude for your service to defend our freedom.

Patti Morris

Port Angeles

Recommended reading for our democracy

My name is Richard Hahn, a retired U.S. Government Program Manager and Army veteran, age 90, with non-political university degrees in mathematics (a minor in English), mechanical engineering, and a masters degree in nuclear engineering. My wife has a PhD in political science, and she taught in university for several years. Having worked in Washington, D.C., for 27 years and been married for 45 years, political science has been osmotic for me for a long time.

In 2022 and 2023, I have read three books on a variety of politics; all were birthday gifts in 2022 and 2023. The first was “The Destructionists: The 25 Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party” (Dana Milbank, 2022).

The second was “Enough” (Cassidy Hutchinson, 2023); Hutchinson’s whose insightful national TV testimony of events before, during and after Jan. 6, 2021, to the congressional January 6 Select Committee was a brave example of moral courage and patriotism.

The third was “Tyranny of the Minority” (Steven Levitsky and David Ziblatt, 2023), a treatise of global democracies, its constitutional shortcomings and needed Constitution fixes, and suggestions of how those fixes can be implemented. This book is the best on democracy I have read. It explains why our 236-year-old Constitution is deficient and incomplete, and what it will take to fix it. Everyone knows its purpose is “to form a more perfect union.” Democracymatrix.com ranks the democracy of Denmark #1, Norway #2, and the U.S. 36th.

Not to share my biases on democracy, I highly recommend to all Gazette readers, who value our constitutional rights, institutions, and government, to read this book before Election Day 2024. Its text is 258 pages with 257 listed references at the end.

Richard Hahn