To the Editor:

I read with amusement Richard Tarrant's plan to transform high school students into mercenaries in support of his Senate campaign. Three thousand dollars and a laptop are handsome largess for enticing youth who otherwise would probably not feel an urge to work in his campaign.

One has to think that Tarrant is experiencing difficulty in attracting sincere support for his substance-less campaign. But bribery is no substitute for heart-felt commitment, which Sanders has earned and Tarrant has not.

Less amusing is Tarrant's tactic of sending letters to the students' teachers, a step that injects partisan politics into what should remain a non-political context.

First we allowed into our schools vending machines with sugary foods, then corporate advertisements - and now a sleazy program of bought-and-paid-for citizen participation. All this should stop.

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