Guest opinion: Why Clinton would make a great president
I have live in the West now for about nine years and have really been quite encouraged regarding attitudes toward Hillary Clinton. In fact, when I arrived here from New York, I still had my Hillary stickers on my car. I left them in place on purpose to see what kind of reception I would get in my new home town and the reception — surprisingly — was immediate and respectful from all I talked to.
I am really perplexed that a few of my friends and acquaintances have gotten sucked into the vile efforts of the voracious, dishonest and horrible efforts to undermine the character, honesty and abilities of Hillary Clinton. Some seem to have fallen completely into that trap that the Republicans have skillfully laid for them.
For crying out loud, how many times does she have to be vetted? I read recently that the Benghazi committee is folding. Republicans, for sure, have lost their “constructive” abilities, but have maintained and improved their “destructive” activities.
I first met Hillary at a campaign rally shortly after she announced her run for the U.S. Senate in New York, and I was very impressed. We progressive Democratic activists in the Albany area had a few seats (not many) allotted to us by the “Democratic bosses” in one of the receptions to welcome her to upstate New York.
Of course I knew of her quite well through the campaign of husband, Bill. I had just retired from my principal’s position in 1990 when Bill arrived on the scene and I had lots of time to volunteer for his presidential campaigns and was always very impressed by Hillary and her contributions to those efforts.
Later on, during her run for the U.S. Senate, I had a chance to meet and chat with her over coffee at local campaign rallies and meetings. Being a retired school principal, my chats with her centered mostly on education issues, and she never skipped a beat. With her background in early childhood education and children’s health and welfare in general, I found her very well versed on the child-oriented issues that mattered to me.
Later on, I told her I was involved with the New York state education department in fighting the Republican efforts to destroy the “free and reduced price lunch” program in New York, and she lit up. I found it was one of her deep concerns also. Again, I was very impressed.
I was honestly attracted to Hillary and the things she believed in. She was never condescending or dismissive of me or my concerns and seemed to welcome our occasional chats. I observed that she had the same demeanor with others. She has a kind and warm conversational style and is very knowledgeable regarding almost any topic.
Hillary is the real deal and I believe she will make a great president.
Charles Loomis is a partial-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley.