Bookmobile visits always delightful occasions
One of the very special joys of living in rural Humboldt County is our Bookmobile. Books, movies, CDs, audio books delivered to us right in our tiny communities. We love meeting at the Bookmobile with neighbors we rarely see, except when the library comes to town.Here’s hoping no one ever eliminates this special benefit of rural living.
Jeanne Mattole, Honeydew
Don’t count out smaller, uncounted donations
“Trump, Sanders garner top campaign donations” (Times-Standard, Aug. 11, Page A1) states that 42 Trump supporters in Humboldt County have donated a total of $43,000, while 64 Sanders supporters have donated $38,000.
What the article fails to note is that these statistics include only donations of over $200 each, where donor information must be reported to the Federal Election Commission. Smaller donations, which dominate Bernie’s campaign, are not included in these statistics.
Nationwide, Bernie has received over $18 million in donations for each of the first two quarters of 2019. Donations have averaged $18-$20 each, with about a million people donating each quarter. Over 99% of the donations are under $100, so donor names are not reported to the FEC.
Of the $43,000 that Trump received in Humboldt, $15,600 came from one donor!
Bernie is truly running a grassroots campaign. His policies benefit hard-working, struggling Americans. People are increasingly realizing that their difficulties in getting by financially cannot be blamed on immigrants, or racial minorities, or social welfare and environmental programs. Rather, it is the Billionaire Class that is siphoning off our prosperity for its own benefit, and is seeking to maintain control of congress and the presidency to pass more laws that increase their own obscene wealth.
I hope the Times-Standard will clarify that their statistics only included high-dollar donations.
I believe Bernie supporters far outnumber Trump supporters in Humboldt County, and nationwide.
If you can, please send Bernie at least $20.
Dave Meserve, Arcata