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Many are voting for Obama because of the mess Bush has left

To the Editor:

To quote a famous Buddhist monk, “The right needs the left and the left needs the right; otherwise, neither would exist.” It helps to remind myself of this whenever I see the “Central View” in your paper. Print William Hamilton’s column if you must, but please, PLEASE rename it to reflect the true nature of his writings. They’re clearly not “Central” or in the center.

The Oct. 22 column is so inflammatory and partisan, it must be answered.

Hamilton’s allegations of massive Obama voter fraud are baseless. A few invalid registrations by part-time paid Acorn staff does not equal Obama-orchestrated fraud.

Hamilton neglects to mention McCain’s ties to truly massive voter fraud: his connections to firms paid to invalidate legitimate votes; the Republicans’ mass mailings sent to thousands of Democrats on a mock “official” form trying to convince voters they weren’t registered; and now, substantial evidence that Republican administrators are successfully purging Democrats’ legal registrations ” as many as one million black voters disenfranchised, for example.

Hamilton interprets Obama’s platform as “a sharp left turn to socialism.” Of course, a $700 million bailout for the Wall Street elite isn’t socialism, but restoration of the vanishing middle class IS?

Obama’s campaign doesn’t need to be “slick” to convince people that our leaders need a real shift in priorities and values. In the past 8 years the Republican administration has lied to take us into a war that has nearly ruined our international credibility and has cost billions of dollars and thousands of precious lives. They have used fear tactics reminiscent of 1930s Germany to chip away at the Constitution and have driven us from a budget surplus into disastrous debt that will burden our children’s children.

To compare McCain to Abraham Lincoln is blasphemy at best. I grew up in a conservative Republican Midwest family. They’re not influenced by the “liberal” media ” heaven knows there’s plenty of “reactionary” media to counter the liberals.

These life-long Republicans are patriotic, hard-working, gun-toting, church-going “real people” ” and they’re voting for Obama this year. Enough is enough.

Irene Cooke


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