I read with interest Virginia Romine's statement about why she should be our next coroner published in this paper on Oct. 2. I was heartened to see her quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America's greatest philosophers, about the meaning of success.
Mrs. Romine has many positive qualities, and favorably citing Emerson is always good for points in my book.
Virginia Romine has my vote for coroner.
Emerson was a lover of liberty, and his ideas still have resonance today. In 1844 he wrote, "A man who cannot be acquainted with me, taxes me; looking from afar at me, ordains that a part of my labor shall go to this or that whimsical end, not as I, but as he happens to fancy. Behold the consequence."
Over 160 years later, the consequences of government forcing its whims upon us are painfully apparent.