Dear Editor:

Recently one of your readers suggested that people vote for the Kootenay-Columbia candidate who, in her opinion, would obviously win the election. In other words: voting for anyone else is a wasted vote.

In my opinion, this logic is not only flawed and nonsensical but also dangerously undemocratic.

One could use the more appropriate logic that voting for the candidate that seems to be favored by popular opinion is redundant. It may even result in a subsequent overconfident representative if the popular candidate is elected.

The more democratic and sensible approach is to research the issues and platforms, get out and VOTE, and then vote for the person that you think will do the best job, regardless of alleged popular opinion.

Eric Peter