Years ago, I was a friend of Gene Cervi, who was the founder and editor and publisher of Cervi’s Journal that is today The Business Journal. His widow lived in Cherry Hills Village for many years. His family today provides professional rodeo stock for many shows, including the National Western event in Denver.
He would speak at our newspaper conventions about the importance of newspapers to our society and governance. He had a strong personality and gave fiery speeches about having editorials in our newspapers. He believed that newspaper were, and still are, the watchdogs for the people and we should perform our duties with vigor. Speaking out at least makes people aware of important issues, whether in agreement or not. We urge our readers to send in letters on subjects, praise or criticisms.
I was reminded of Cervi recently when a local banker friend sent me an email supporting the petition drive to maintain the electoral college system that protects smaller states from the larger states.
Here are some of the facts about the popular vote:
There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them, Clinton won 57. There are 62 counties in New York, Trump won 46 of them, Clinton won 16. Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 1.5 million votes. In the five counties that encompass NYC, Clinton received well over 2 million votes. Therefore, these five counties alone accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country. These counties comprise 319 square miles of the 3,797,000 square miles in the United States. Should almost 4 million miles of territory be dictated to by 319 square miles of inhabitants?
The founding fathers of this country did not want any of the 13 colonies to dictate over the smaller colonies.
This concept still stands today as the larger states want more power. When we see the shootings in Chicago, the slums in Los Angeles, and challenges in New York City, fighting bankruptcy a few years back, do we want these three cities to run America? Think about it and sign the petition to protect states like Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
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