(In response to Jim Blessing’s Oct. 16 column) As a “fellow” retiree, I deeply appreciated your recent essay in Current in Carmel. Being from the East coast, my husband and I have observed your Hoosier elections from the minority viewpoint. Nonetheless, we have lauded the administration of Governor Daniels … Except maybe not the poor bookkeeping we’re now known for. But, as you’ve so kindly pointed out, the reality of Mike Pence being governor of our state is abhorrent to most caring citizens. With the probability of continued contentiousness in Washington, Hoosiers deserve to be led by a positive, forward-looking person who will have our interests at heart in the midst of near chaos in so many aspects of repairing our nation. It seems that Mr. Pence has so many things to hate (Planned Parenthood, affordable healthcare/insurance, the Supreme Court, women’s rights, public education, etc.) that he will have only his continued negativity to lead us with, as we slowly realize that he’s done nothing positive in his whole term as Senator. Why would his governorship be any different? A lot of our citizens wanted to draft Mitch Daniels for the presidency. If, instead, we replace him with “Mike” Pence as governor (thereby saying, “He’s almost as good”), we’ll be the laughing stock of the nation and the object of their disbelief and their pity.