Letter: What category will next president join?

What category will next president join?
What category will next president join?

To the editor:

In November we will be electing a new president at a critical period in our history.

In the 1950s, I found myself working for John F. Kennedy who was running for the U.S. Senate. I was fresh out of college, teaching in Worcester. Ever since, I have had an acute interest in politics.

Some polls indicate that JFK was one of our best presidents. In rating the presidents, the so-called best presidents seem to have tried to take wrongs and injustices and make them right. We have had many more "good presidents" than not.

Here are some early presidents who were not: Warren G. Harding was said to spend much of his time playing poker, drinking, and pursuing women. Even though the economy was booming during his term, his lack of ethics erased all support for him.

Ulysses S. Grant was said to have surrounded himself with the most corrupt characters and advisors imaginable. Franklin Pierce was blamed for setting the stage for the Civil War by supporting secession and the South.

John Tyler was kicked out of his own party just months after taking office for vetoing legislation concerning banks. As for vetoes, before we limited our presidents to only two four-year terms, Grover Cleveland sent out 584 vetoes and FDR an amazing 635. Numbers changed along with term limits. George W. Bush made nine, as has President Obama.

You can bet the history books will have plenty to say about our controversial election of 2016, never mind what's ahead. My dream would be to see a headline written in bold print declaring, "New head of the NRA steps up and becomes a hero by supporting a ban on ownership of all assault weapons."

Elna Nugent, Lenox


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