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I do know this, however: Using black children from New Orleans’ post-Katrina devastated 9th Ward as props to announce his 2008 political ambitions ticked me off.

If Mr. Romney made a similar move by spending the night — one measly night — in the projects, I would forever remember him as a hypocrite, too.

Does this mean Mrs. Nicholas, a former public schoolteacher, supports using the plight of poor folks to make a presidential political point?

Hardly.

As a matter of fact, she helps me keep my conservative points of view grounded in truth and reality, reminding me that regardless of where I think my station is, I must never forget that others are often less fortunate through no fault of their own.

And so it is with The Washington Times, where faith, family, freedom and service to others also have helped sustain this writer, who as a youngster imagined herself as the Mickey Mouse Club’s Annette Funicello. (Go figure.)

The perdition detour: Many Americans are in a not-so-bright space as we and the candidates in the race for the White House debate who best can get us to the light at the end of the tunnel as Election Day grows near.

Record foreclosures, higher poverty and unemployment rates, increased homelessness and hunger, and the lack of formal education coupled with unbelievable rates of incarceration and unhealthy behavior pushed us into this very dark place.

If we try to emerge too quickly, we likely will lose sight of the big picture — and traditional media often miss that point.

Generally, the media get it right in a highly competitive industry that focuses on getting the news first and disseminating it quickly.

When it comes to dispensing information about the leader of the free world and his would-be replacement, it’s important that the media get it right as well.

Don’t you agree?

Deborah Simmons can be reach at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.