That’s not the question
On April 24, Joe Biden said "Mark my words", and predicted that Trump will delay this year's presidential election if the numbers don't look good when the time comes. On May 13, a reporter named Brian Bennett asked Trump's son-in-law about the same thing.
Jared Kushner had the sense to observe that the matter is not his to decide, and then said "I'm not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that's the plan."
For a little perspective here, the Times reporter was asking the guy who married Trump's daughter, in effect, "Are you going to abide by the Constitution of the United States, which specifies that this crucial event will be held every four years on the second Tuesday in November, or are you going to mess around with it instead?"
I write today to submit that this is really not the kind of question we want to be asking these people along about now. In a narrow sense, I understand the urge to ask the question. Republicans are more and more unembarrassed about their opposition to voting they can't control, and Trump doesn't give a rip about any rules anywhere, so it makes sense to speculate that these people will delay or simply do away with an election if they want to.
However, in the bigger picture, asking Jared Kushner if there is going to be an election in November assumes that the Constitution and our democracy are in play, up for grabs, dependent on the way the wind blows and the desires of the Trump/Kushner clan. Call me a square, but that really does not sound like responsible journalism. It sounds like paving the way. It sounds like normalizing lawlessness by asking politely if it is currently being planned.
Eric Kuhn, MiddletownConsider a modest wedding
As a Justice of the Peace for more than 25 years, and also an ordained minister, I am writing in response to the May 15, 2020 Record-Journal article regarding Attorney General William Tong’s reaction to complaints from couples during the coronavirus pandemic.
Weddings are one of the most important days of married people’s lives. This time for the couple should be worry-free and, in my opinion, affordable, supporting it as one of the happiest days in their lives. Being burdened by paying off a debt for the start of their lives can cause problems in living their early times together. Of the more than 650 marriages I have performed, about half were very expensive — not due to my fee.
I hope couples will consider the fact that at a less-costly price for a modest, friendly atmosphere for their weddings, their love and joy may endure forever.
Jack I. Winkleman, Justice of the Peace, Wallingford