Your letters: Study the issues and candidates of today when making your vote

The writer asks readers to look beyond those who follow party lines, and vote for those who represent the best interests of our country.

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Just recently our area started entertaining political candidates at various forums. This is good for the candidates and good for the voters. Sometimes I wonder if they represent their constituents or just use their own opinions.

I think that I have voted every year that I could, and I recommend that you do the same. Just be sure to study the candidates. We do have a good voting attendance record in this part of Minnesota.

My main reason for writing this editorial is just because I had to. In all my years I have never seen so much controversial, divisive and inconsiderate decisions over so many issues. Study the issues, read the handouts, and evaluate the source. Read the newspapers, listen to the media and then ask yourselves “Does he or she express my values?”

We have become the great country that we are by basing many of our policies and principles upon the established principles of our founders. Maybe they weren’t perfect. They were great and their decisions have stood the test of time. After being denied their values in several places, they chose to bob around on the rough sea for two months in a small vessel named the Mayflower and establish a colony in the new world. They immediately formed the Mayflower Compact. It was not without challenges but this little boatload of about 100 people would establish a government that would change the world for that time and maybe for all time. The first great leader was John Carver. He did a good job but died about a year later. He was followed by the great William Bradford who served for many years. They were a praying fellowship with a staunch determination of who they wanted to become.

What really bothers me and many others is the large number of serious issues that we are currently facing. Will our politicians vote the conscience of their constituents or will they wilt to party pressure?


We could talk about issues all day, but let’s consider the best person for the job and for our country.

That is what I hope—that each candidate and each voter will put our country ahead of party.

I saw an article recently “What is the best thing you can leave with your children?” The answer was, “The ability to THINK.” I like that.

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