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Letters Campaign a new low for politics

Campaign a new

low for politics

Who would have thought that a U.S. presidential election could be so divisive? We have been subjected to the worst both parties have thrown at each other. Personal attacks and sordid accusations have been the norm since Day One. Certainly, past campaigns occasionally took the low road, but nothing like what we see today.

Maybe it’s time for the electorate to let all candidates know we’ve had enough name-calling, character assassination and innuendo.

Let us return to respectability and decency in all of our elections.


Can’t abide either?

It’s OK to skip it

Why do so many feel a civic obligation to vote for one of those train wrecks we have running for president? I don’t. I will vote on Nov. 8 for the Senate, House of Representatives, state and local government.

This campaign is agonizing and the pain will continue long after Hillary Clinton wins. Donald Trump will Monday-morning quarterback on Clinton’s every move during her presidency.

It’s a shame that none of Trump’s family members or associates has enough character to tell him what a buffoon he is.


Editor’s note: Voters may undervote if that is their choice. Unlike an overvote, in which a voter chooses too many candidates in a given race, the undervoted ballot, in which voters indicate no choice in some races, will not be thrown out.

Friedman cops out;

both sides need fix

In Thomas Friedman’s “Election offers slender hope for effective government” (Wednesday), I thought he was finally getting it right.

How true that our election is offering a national reality show on an international stage with scandals erupting in both parties on a daily basis as if each candidate is trying to outdo each other with self-destructive behaviors.

But then to suggest only that the Republican Party has to regroup and offer to scrub the current Republican candidate as a solution is merely one-sided. Electing Hillary as the solution to this bizarre election fracas is a farce.

Both parties and both candidates are pathetic offerings of what this proud nation has to offer. Clearly, both sides need fixing.


Patriotism means

showing up at polls

I saw some Donald Trump supporters who were interviewed or shown making a statement at a Mike Pence rally talking about a revolution if Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States.

This is not the revolution Bernie Sanders talked about taking place at the ballot box. No, this was more of an implicit threat to violence. This is fueled by Trump who either does not understand how our democracy works or has decided to ignore what took place 240 years ago.

The conservative side of the Republican Party has waved the flag and Constitution, claiming to be more patriotic than Democrats for as long as I can remember. Now is the time to show that they really understand the Constitution and reject any hint of violence.

It is time for them to go to the polls and vote to get their candidate elected. That is what true patriotism will look like.


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