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Letter: The Green Party and its candidate

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016 file

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016 file photo, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks during a news conference at South Austin neighborhood in Chicago. Most voters who plan to support third party candidates like Libertarian Gary Johnson and Stein say their minds aren't completely made up about which candidate to support in November, lending an element of unpredictability to the presidential race this fall. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File) Photo Credit: AP

Michael Dobie’s column “Minor parties a major downer” [Opinion, Oct. 2] makes some good points concerning problems with our two-party control of campaigns and government, especially his conclusion: “You want choice? Work for it. Or your only alternative will be the same two-party rut we’ve been stuck in for far too long.”

The Green Party has been working on this issue for a very long time, promoting ideas such as ranking one’s choices when voting and returning management of the presidential debates to the League of Women Voters. The league ran fair, nonpartisan debates before the two big corporate parties took control of the process.

More than 20 Green Party supporters were arrested at Hofstra University while attempting to open up this year’s debates. Four years ago, Jill Stein, our 2016 presidential candidate, was arrested at the same place with the same message.

Dobie’s critiques of Stein’s statements and views were unfair. She indeed tweeted a list of world leaders, though they were not presidents or prime ministers of their countries. Her response made a point about true leadership. The same can be said of her strong support of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower.

Stein has never maintained there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats on climate change, only that neither party is on track to solve the problem. She is not anti-vaccine, but she believes there should be more government control and less private-sector interference with agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.

Jim Brown, Island Park

Editor’s note: The writer is the chairman of the Green Party of Nassau County.

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