Regarding the "Right vs. privilege," letter by Al Sampson that appeared in the Nov. 6 Tri-City Herald. With all his research into the constitutions of the United States and Washington, he should also have referred to his dictionary and thesaurus.
"Right" and "Privilege" are synonyms, which, according to Webster, are "one of two or more words ... that have the same, or nearly the same meaning, in some or all senses."
Webster's dictionary definitions of the words:
"Privilege: a right or immunity granted as a particular benefit, advantage, or favor."
"Right: the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled."
Webster's Thesaurus listings of the words:
"Privilege: syn. due, perquisite, prerogative; see Right"
"Right: (A privilege).
So, Phil Lemley was right despite Sampson's criticism. Voting is "a privilege we should never take for granted."
DONA GILMOUR, Richland