In answer to a Register editorial April 29:
Democracy could handcuff progress, but it usually doesn't. Democracy for the most part, is a winner.
Allowing people to have a vote in what happens to them or their properties is never a bad idea. The fact that we do elect individuals to help us sort out the usual choices from the unusual choices of managing our civic affairs, is also never a bad idea.
However, when it comes to the unusual choices, things that will effect us for many generations to come, then those that have been elected by us should consider us to be worthy of a choice of our own. Certainly each of those elected servants had to know that every vote cast was not for him, even though he is sworn to represent every voter. It would seem only fair that in the unusual choices, those that in the long run will affect the inheritance of each voter, then each voter should have a voice.
If indeed we worry that this will handcuff progress, then perhaps progress should be slowed down. It seems that it would be far better than progress putting handcuffs on the democracy that is so precious to all of us.