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Opinion

October 24, 2012

Choose candidate on merit

— All presidential debates are complete.

There are less than two weeks remaining before United States voters go to the polls to select a president.

Now is the time for voters to be getting down to the important business of making wise decisions.

It is evident that most voters vote their registered party.

And that leaves this election in the hands of independent or undecided voters.

It is most worrisome that the process has broken down to less than politics.

It has been a battle between Democrats and Republicans.

There is way too much in the way of arguments and not enough discussion of real issues.

Check out any social media site and you will see that this election is not social at all.

It nearly has become a cage match.

We, as citizens of the United States, seem to be in the middle of political warfare.

People are arguing, not discussing, the issues.

One of the great things about our nation is that we should be united as citizens.

We should be able to realize that we are neighbors, not enemies.

Now is the time for final reflection.

Now is the time for people to try to remain open-minded about the issues.

Instead, we see more name-calling and fighting over who is right.

The bottom line is that whoever is elected president will govern all of us — not just his party members.

The president must be able to work with everyone to build an America in which we are all proud.

An election should be able to be conducted with civility.

It’s time to put aside the bullying and the rhetoric and choose your candidate on his merits.

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