As the Washington Post editorial that you published July 16 pointed out, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence seems to have abandoned his conservative values to accept Donald Trump’s offer to be on the Republican presidential ticket.

Let’s hope Bernie Sanders doesn’t abandon his values by joining the Wall Street candidate, bought and sold by big money and sure to provide even more opportunities to fatten their coffers at the expense of the already-vanishing middle class. It’s a little late in the game for Bernie to suddenly decide that the war-loving Democratic candidate is not part of the problem.

Weapons manufacturing and selling is still the biggest business in America’s history, and it should give one pause in the voting booth that while Trump is against war as common policy, Hillary Clinton seems to relish proving that a woman can be as bloodthirsty as a man.

John Nichols

Portland