Editorial: Clinton for president

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We urge a vote for Hillary Clinton this Tuesday.

The way toward a less divisive and more productive nation will be smoother and surer with Clinton in the White House.

Over a long career in law, advocacy, teaching and politics — and even through the ups and downs of her marriage — she has shown herself to be an agile and dedicated team player.

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton

Contrast her spirit of inclusiveness, openness to ideas, sensitivity to the powerless and support for shared goals with the ego-driven, empire-building track of businessman Donald Trump, and the choice of leader for our country is easy. Though Democrats and Republicans will always — as they should — challenge each other on the specifics, we need a leader who can guide and encourage both sides.

Action and intelligent compromises are needed on serious domestic concerns including health care, the economy, education and crime.

Beyond these interconnected issues, we want the United States to remain a beacon for freedom, peace and possibility that inspires the world. Clinton’s empathy for the plights of the voiceless and less fortunate, and her understanding of world dynamics as former secretary of state, make her far more ready to keep the beacon’s lights burning.

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Trump’s compliments toward Russian President Vladimir Putin are especially disturbing in a campaign filled with braggadocio, embarrassment and childlike bullying. Trump has fire and some substance, although not what we would call character, but any message that might appeal is perpetually obscured by impetuous flares of temper and mean-spirited putdowns.

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

He is (charitably) an imperfect or (candidly) a completely wrong vessel for the valid concerns of regular folks about the present and future of our republic.

Clinton is, clearly, oceans better positioned to deal with the often-fragile world beyond our borders. Whether the topic is the Middle East or Mexico, immigrants or madmen, we would trust her far more, not the least because she searches for information and answers, rather than immediately claiming to have them.

Though not much of a charmer or crowd-pleaser, Clinton has the wide experience, centered temperament, compassion, enthusiasm, lifelong work ethic and belief in learning that are prerequisites for real leadership.

Thus we support her in her own right, not just as the better choice over her worrisome Republican opponent. But we know — we have seen the Facebook posts and heard the radio hosts — that some despise the Democratic contender, calling her a criminal and a liar, not to mention unwell, incompetent, shrill and a money-grubbing sellout. We feel these are hugely unfair and unhelpful denigrations, and the sort of discourse that drags down our electoral process and obscures the truth.

Like the rest of us, she has made her share of mistakes and had her share of misfortune. No one escapes years of intense public service without them. But we believe Hillary Clinton demonstrates numerous positive and hard-earned traits, including that she is the kind of person who learns from experiences and strives to improve.

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton

She, unlike Trump, believes in working together to make our nation stronger.

Whoever wins the Oval Office, that spirit is urgently needed, and we can all contribute.

Once the hullabaloo over this unprecedented presidential election has settled down, we hope Americans will reflect on all that happened and was said.

If the abysmal atmosphere of this election has caused us to hit bottom in terms of our national discourse, that would be a win. It would mean lessons learned, and a will to improve. We all play a role in this discourse, and can each do our part to renew and deepen our respect for tolerance, diversity, decency and the democratic values of our country.

It’s this — the task after Tuesday — that matters the most. As much as possible, the nation needs to come together and move on. That’s true for whoever takes the presidency. And, for whoever takes the presidency, it’s not going to be easy.

If Election Day is an opportunity to show support for our system, the days and months ahead are even more so. Whoever wins the election deserves our help. That’s easy if our favored candidate wins, but is essential regardless. Our country is that great, and its highest office that important.

Anger, insults, accusations, stonewalling and fighting have their role, but do not have the lasting power of honesty, cooperation, understanding and work. In battles large and small, we choose our approach. In the end, we have observed over and over, the quieter qualities win.


Most of us are anxious for this especially noisy and nasty election to end. We are also weary of the stubborn partisanship that impeded the Barack Obama administration and, to a lesser degree, leaders before. Obama’s dignity throughout eight years of an unnecessarily difficult presidency deserves to be an instructive part of his legacy.

Meanwhile, orderly change through our elections is exciting and affirming.

We’re wholeheartedly for Hillary.

She’s the one, we believe, who will best protect and further the ideals of our country — the United States of America.

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