To the Editor:

Last week’s shameful incident involving racist epithets shouted at children should embarrass all of us, and I agree with letter writer Dan Galdenzi (Aug. 23) that electing a racist, sexist president has opened the door to all kinds of shameful behavior across the country.

However, I do not agree with his solution: to vote Democratic across the board in November. Whatever happened to evaluating the candidates for each office and choosing the best candidate and the most qualified for each position? Isn’t that how we should all vote, regardless of a candidate’s party affiliation?

At the local level, I happen to think that Heidi Scheuermann, for example, has done a fine job representing us for several years now. I will vote for her again, based on her qualifications and her record, not on the fact that she is a Republican.

Voting the party line in any election doesn’t guarantee the best outcome, and I fear the kind of knee-jerk backlash that some people are trying to take advantage of by painting all Republicans in Trump’s colors.

Careful consideration, deliberation and independent thinking are key to a democracy; bullying people to support or oppose any group based on one person’s actions is a kind of “party-ism” — uncomfortably close to a number of other isms we should be wary of.

Michael Priestley

Stowe

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