Your editorials really can't seem to understand the nature of voting in the United States. A Sept. 23 editorial states, "voting is one of our treasured rights," but quickly returns to "we believe people in this democracy should consider this right quite a privilege."
My American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1980) defines "privilege" as "a special advantage, immunity, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste" and "such a right or advantage held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others." The same dictionary defines a "right" as "that which is due to anyone by law, tradition, or nature" and "a just or legal claim or title." It is in the nature of a "privilege" to exclude, while it is in the nature of a "right" to include. Would your newspaper rather include potential voters, or exclude them?
"Rights" aren't "privileges," voting is a "right" and not a "privilege," and buying shoes isn't voting.
Lawrence F. Bassett
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