To The Daily Sun,
At the first Democratic Town Hall meeting of 2016, I heard Secretary Clinton discuss a wide range of important topics. I was impressed with her poise, sense of humor, interaction with audience members and her depth of understanding of complex issues. Later that evening, while talking with others, I realized how much studying Secretary Clinton has done on a variety of complex topics, like ISIS, drug use, gun control, and caring about the disenfranchised. I also realized how her vast experience in local, state, federal and international government has helped her understand these issues enough to help us understand them. Coupled with here sense of humor and levelheadedness, these observations reinforced by admiration for her as a candidate.
Other female attendees at the Town Meeting, from ages 12 to 92, mirrored by own admiration of Mrs. Clinton's dedication to a life of service. The younger women spoke about what a good role model Mrs. Clinton has been to them since birth; older women remarked on Mrs. Clinton's ease of speaking clearly and in depth about a wide range of difficult issues.
Sadly, I watched WMUR coverage the morning after the Town Meeting in Concord and the only coverage she got was her reaction to the Republican representative who tried to interrupt the flow of energy at an earlier meeting. Although the media thrives on controversy to gain viewership, I was saddened that someone so gifted, and who had presented such a stellar analysis of world issues that same day, had been so downplayed over such an inconsequential moment. This is a sad commentary on how we are given information about candidates. At this crucial time in history, if we reduce someone of such depth and understanding to one moment of shallow reporting, we are cheating ourselves out of the intelligent kind of candidate who can work for us to make things better for everyone.
Some candidates alarm me with their inflammatory rhetoric. We need someone who understands the complexities of a fragile world and who will work hard to make it a safer and better place. Mrs. Clinton's consistent, intelligent, in-depth understanding of complex issues will be invaluable for an in-coming president.
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