Sanders represents a refreshing change

To the editor:

I agree with Michael Symons (letter, Jan. 4) concerning Sen. Bernie Sanders. He is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination but he is of a different mold.

He has represented the state since his teaching days at the University of Vermont. He decided to bring his type of politics to Vermonters.

As Mr. Symons stated, he is a type of socialist like Eugene Debs who could make a huge difference. He is an Independent, a rare free thinker in politics. Independent to me means someone who thinks of citizens first, not political allegiance. Refreshing, don't you think?

Ed Stevens, Pittsfield