April 08, 2020

Sean Faircloth (BDN commentaries, Dec. 24, Jan. 23) seems to propose that the referendum process be scrapped or at least emasculated because certain legislators have acted courageously on occasion. It is well known that Faircloth was a member of our august body, the Maine Legislature, and apparently witnessed such isolated instances. I’ve hit 50-to-1 shots at the races. Does this make me a handicapping genius?

In a world where people’s lives are controlled as never before by huge and complex institutions, the referendum is a means of striking the little toe of such institutions with a one-ounce hammer in hopes of avoiding the crushing blow of an indifferent boot. David A. Calder Skowhegan

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