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Little Difference

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 29, 2016

Dear Editor,
    "Page Two: Two Candidates in Search of a Presidency" [Sept. 30] had this curious assertion: "If you believe there is no difference between the two parties then it is hard to imagine a government with which you'd be happy."
    Respectfully, it appears that statement is projection. I have a Bernie supporting girlfriend who is gonna hold her nose and vote for Hillary no matter what she says or does in the next month, and so I know from many passionate but respectful political discussions with her that it is hard for someone with that ideology to even imagine the world Libertarians would like to live in, much less imagine any conceivable path to get there. So, a short list:
    The Bill of Rights would be somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 articles long, laying out in great detail the vast expanses of rights and life not subject to government interference. But, it could be summarized briefly: Do whatever the heck pleases you, so long as you don't harm another person or their possessions. If it's morally reprehensible for you to do something to your neighbor, it's as reprehensible to delegate that action to someone wearing a government-issued costume and badge.
    In that world, no one would be locked up in a cage for smoking weed, or consuming other substances. We would use personal charity, not bureaucrats and taxes, to do charitable deeds. Peaceful immigrants would be welcomed, rather than rebuffed with double walled fences patrolled in between by armed Border Patrol agents. The NSA would be dismantled, and Edward Snowden would be regarded as a courageous hero, not a traitor. Eventually, the current seats of government would be converted into insane asylums, and the inmates' directives and orders would be courteously ignored.
    And so on.
    To the extent that the both major parties find these and many other peaceable notions ludicrous or even incomprehensible, then yes, from my perspective there is precious little difference between the major parties and in particular their candidates for president, and voting for either of them is an utter waste of a few hours that could be spent in productive or enjoyable pastimes.
Jim Henshaw

On Evidence, Pt. 2

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 29, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Some of the evidence that the prosecution is presenting to the jury in my trial, is misleading. The prosecution has decided to present redacted interview evidence in my trial. Which in my book is called tampering with evidence. But the sad thing about this is, my court-appointed attorneys are agreeing with this act of deception, also. When interviews or depositions of testimonies are edited, it alters the content of perception and interpretation of them. This should not be acceptable in a court of law, when they feel it's alright to deceive the jury in presenting any kind of evidence.
    So, what does a juror do when this act of deception takes place in a criminal trial?
    I believe a juror has to read between the lines of evidence, which can lead to misinterpretation of the evidence. This is how the criminal justice system operate nowadays. Do you think this right? I don't. I believe it's unethical.
Mark A. Norwood
   [Ed. note: Mark Norwood is serving consecutive life sentences for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton and the 1988 murder of Debra Baker. This letter was written during the week of Sept. 12, during the first week of the Baker trial, which concluded Friday, Sept. 23. It was sent to the Chronicle on Sept. 24. For a recap of the trial, see "Norwood Found Guilty," Sept. 30.]
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