Regarding the Nov. 1 letter “ Reverse intimidation”: First of all, the writer wrongfully equates a forceful encouragement to vote with efforts to suppress the vote and then announces his decision not to vote at all.
I believe a willful refusal to vote based on petty objections to some campaign tactic or a failure to exercise this precious right due to downright laziness is like spitting in the eye of our beloved democracy.
To permit the disturbing electoral funding consequences of the wrongheaded Citizens United decision or the obvious distortions in many political TV commercials to cause one to abandon the process altogether is simply unpatriotic.
If a mailer reminding a registered voter that whether he votes is public information (not candidate choices) and that voting is not only important but critical to the viability of the democratic process is viewed as “intimidation,” then so be it.
Likewise, if the message of the mailer causes the recipient to feel guilty about not having voted in the past, or to feel insulted because he has always voted, I say he should just buck up and get over it.