"Simple” is not necessarily a good thing. “Simplistic” is definitely not a good thing, yet I hear a lot of people, including some on the Peninsula, so upset with the current political squabbling, saying that they can’t wait to throw out all incumbents.

Indulging in this simplistic thinking and avoiding considering all the complexities of various politicians’ contributions — or lack of them — is a cop out. It’s certainly easier, but throwing out all incumbents means throwing out experience and good judgment. As Americans, blessed as we are with a superior history and form of government, we owe it to ourselves and fellow Americans to spend the time to look carefully at each candidate’s experience and positions and vote accordingly.

K. Sharon Van Heuit


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