To the editor:
The first president of the United States I can remember was Franklin D. Roosevelt. The day he died — when we heard the news on the radio — I remember my grandmother sinking into a chair, saying “What will become of us now?” (Yes, there was a time when there was no television; also World War II was raging across most of the world at the time and she had a son and nephews in the armed forces.)
I cast my first vote for president for Harry Truman (Democrat), then Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the general credited with much of the success of the invasion freeing Europe from Nazi rule in World War II.
I cast my next presidential vote for a Democrat, John F. Kennedy.
Since that year, in the political life of the United States, I have seen the assassination of a president (Kennedy) and the attempted assassination of a president (Republican Ronald Reagan).
There was the resignation of a sitting vice president for committing a crime before he became vice president (Republican Spiro Agnew); the resignation of a sitting president because his actions while in office were going to bring an impeachment proceeding in Congress (Republican Richard Nixon) and the seating of a vice president, later seated as president, who was never elected to either office by the voters (Republican Gerald Ford — in my opinion, a fine person).
Then there was the election of a man to the presidency, and a few years later, his son was also elected (Republicans George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush). There intervened the impeachment trial in Congress of a president (not removed from office, Democrat William “Bill” Clinton).
There occurred the candidacy of a woman to seek the nomination for president of a major political party in a presidential election (Republican Elizabeth Dole, who pulled out of the race in October 1999. She was wife of Bob Dole who ran, not winning, for both vice president and president as a Republican)
Then there was the historic election of the first African-American (Democrat Barack Obama). Now in 2016, we have the candidacy of Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat).
To live through what I have seen in the world since I started voting — and to be confronted with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the only choices is the ultimate insult!
HILDRED C. SHELTON