Let's open up the convention


To the editor:

New York’s Democratic Party has just spit in the eye of its members by denying Bernie Sanders’ campaign the right to elect delegates to the convention this summer. Instead of making room in the convention debates on the platform, the party wielded its heavy hand, smothering debate on the issues on which Joe Biden will seek election.

As a Gene McCarthy delegate to the 1968 Democratic convention, I know how important it is to include the opinions and voices of the “others.” Yes, this is a crucial election. And telling some Democrats their ideas are dismissed is not the way to acknowledge that.

All elected Democratic office-holders are now responsible for correcting this error, and putting forth an open convention. Not a “boss-driven” one.

Rita Karig

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