‘Some things, in democracy, can be improved’

To the Editor:

Thought it would be nice to get away from the dreary Connecticut fall weather so I booked a cruise to the warm, beautiful Caribbean. After scheduling a plane from Kennedy, an envelope arrived from the airline advising me of a new policy they adopted. Passengers would be required to vote for their pilots.

The envelope also contained a number of resumes and photographs of men and women who would like to be a pilot. Upon arrival at the airport everyone on a flight would have the opportunity to vote for the pilot and co-pilot of their choice.

According to the resumes they all looked like good honest people, and one actually had four years of experience piloting a jet airliner.

While choosing among resumes other emails began filling my computer screen. The would-be pilots were requesting donations to help them buy advertising space to win the job. One email said, “We’re only 8,000 donations away from one million donors for a majority!”

Another reported: “Will you help us make history while the world is watching? We’re on the verge of hitting one million donors to this campaign.”

One million!

I received up to 23 letters a day requesting donations and messages complaining the others had no flying experience and couldn’t handle a jet plane.

Then I received an envelope from the cruise line with resumes of people who wanted to be voted ship cruise captain. I’ll skip the vacation, but I suppose I will have to vote.

Some things, in democracy, can be improved.

Dick De Witt

Fairfield

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