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Letter to the editor:

There’s too much at stake not to vote

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 (2 a.m.)

In a Feb. 15 letter, “Frustrated about whether to vote,” Stuart Weiss expressed his frustration with voting when he sees significant money supporting candidates he does not like and with the complexities of issues going through Congress. I sympathize with Mr. Weiss and many times have been discouraged about the choice of candidates, the large amounts of money that appear to swing elections as well as the complexity of the issues today.

Most everyone is just trying to survive right now and has little time to educate themselves about all the issues that affect us. But if we don’t do that, we leave the decisions that will significantly affect our lives and children’s lives to others who may not have our best interests at heart.

This coming election will be the most important I have seen in my life. On one hand we have a chance to elect someone who may possibly steer us back to what America was meant to be, and on the other a chance to continue down the path toward a socialistic society in which government controls every aspect of life. I strongly encourage Mr. Weiss and everyone else to take some time to familiarize themselves with what is going on in this country and then vote in the election. Democracy, by its very nature, is a messy process, but it is better than the alternatives.

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