LETTER: Beyond public image

In his recent column, “Candidates neglect policing” (10/26/11), Colin Ross compellingly argued that the Board of Aldermen should have an input in the procedures and behavior of the police force. But Ross’ criticism of Sarah Eidelson ’12 as lacking tenacity unfairly overlooks Sarah’s commitment to fighting for change and opposing establishment power. It also might come off as unfortunately sexist, although I am sure he had no such intent.

Perhaps he was misled by a perceived disparity in the public speaking experience displayed by the candidates at the recent debate. But that is not a good metric for efficacy in making decisions and pursuing policies. It is the content of a candidate’s platform — based on his or her experience and ideas — rather than the quality of his or her campaign performance that ought to influence one’s vote.

ELIAS KLEINBOCK

Oct. 26

The writer is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College.

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