Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Put conservatives in local office to invest in future

I am flattered that my recent letter to the editor ("Despite our conservatism, we are dominated by liberals," Jan. 28) received a response in a Triplicate editorial ("Look beyond political labels," Feb. 4).

I will concede that not all conservatives are all-conservative and not all liberals are all-liberal. I think, though, almost all of us tend to lean one way or the other, whether we admit it or not.

Ideology is not a four-letter word. The characteristic thinking of a

person, his/her basic ideals, should be an important factor in

determining qualifications for any public office.

People who vote their party line are not necessarily "lazy." They

just might realize that the best chance to win elections is to vote with

a group.

Political candidates for state and national office often start their

careers in local nonpartisan positions. If we can select good

conservative people locally, we have a better chance of getting good

conservatives in state and federal offices in the future. Then, perhaps

we can actually get rid of some of those "endless layers of government

regulation" that liberals seem so fond of.

Clif Shepard

Crescent City