Letter: 'Evil' Clinton has long record of service

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'Evil' Clinton has record of service

To the editor:

The letter writer from Pittsfield who urged Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton made a strong case for why staying away from the polls or voting for a third-party candidate amounts to tacit endorsement of Donald Trump. ("To avoid Trump, left must support Clinton," July 17) I was disheartened, however, by the letter writer's "lesser of two evils" argument.

Hillary Clinton is not evil — lesser, greater, or otherwise. Criminal. Crook. Belongs in jail. These words used against her have been the steady drumbeat of the right wing for so long that they have taken on an aura of truth. Now, some on the left have adopted the mantra.

I propose that rather than viewing Clinton through the "evil" lens, we focus on a few of her accomplishments during her four decades of public service.

After law school, she worked for the Children's Defense Fund, which included working on behalf of Massachusetts families with disabled children. This began a lifetime of interest in support for families and children.

As first lady she fought for health care reform. When that failed, she helped create the Children's Health Insurance Program, which cut the uninsured rate of American children by half. Today, CHIP provides health care to more than 8 million kids.

As senator from New York, she helped get 9/11 first responders the health coverage they needed.

As secretary of state, she lobbied for the first ever U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and declared that gay rights are human rights. Similarly, she championed women's rights before the UN, equating them with human rights.

This spring, Media Matters, a non-profit media watchdog organization, released an analysis that found the biggest news outlets have published more negative stories about Hillary Clinton than any other presidential candidate — including Donald Trump — since January 2015. According to Media Matters, Clinton has not only been hammered by the most negative coverage but the media also wrote the smallest proportion of positive stories about her coverage and focused on "fake scandals," such as her e-mail accounts.

It's not too late to change course. Let's drown out the "evil" drumbeat. Let's be clearheaded. Let's consider Clinton's record of public service. Let's look at her opponent's record of public service. Then decide.

Miriam Karmel, Sandisfield


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