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Date published: 11/1/2012


This election is not about the economy, health care, or foreign affairs. This election is about race. Three things solidify my argument.

First, Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, a registered Republican, stated that his party is full of racists. Second, an AP poll found that 51 percent of Americans still express anti-black attitudes. Third, Mitt Romney's aide John Sununu stated that Colin Powell, who endorsed President Obama in 2008 and endorsed him in 2012, did so only because he is black.

Based on his record and not the color of his skin, Obama is the clear choice.

Marcus M. Hodges


A strong Dem team!

I have never been prouder to support the Democratic candidates than this year. We have the cream of the crop running in the 1st Congressional District, from president to senator to representative.

First District congressional candidate Adam Cook and the other Democrats running worry about the chasm between the haves and have-nots. Democrats desire a robust economy, just like the Republicans do, but they see a strong middle class with decent wages and educational opportunities as the key.

Republicans think economic growth is based on the wealthy paying low taxes and having more money to spend. Vote Obama-Biden, Tim Kaine, and Adam Cook.

Alane Callander


Alane Callander is chairwoman of the Stafford Democratic Committee.

Will your vote count?

Americans will soon participate in a crucial election. It strikes me that the process is handled rather casually.

Only 11 states require photo ID to vote. That is 21 percent. Thirty-nine states are giving the opportunity to cheat on elections. Do you get a warm feeling with the thought of your vote going to waste by cheaters?

Every state should demand photo ID from every voter. If this happens, you will be able to tell the cheaters by those who are most opposed to it.

Deo T. Hardman

Locust Grove

Follow Pope, vote 'D'

Pope John XXIII's 1961 encyclical "Mater et Magistra" affirms the common good and that human life at all stages is sacred. When we realize that 90 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted, we should offer hope to these families about the wide array of special education programs and therapies available across the United States.

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