- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2008

Don’t let the Republican Party dictate the way we vote. The party uses the wedge issues of abortion, gun control and gay rights to divide us as Americans.

As Americans, we have more in common than we have differences. We have in common our faith, love of country, love of family and friends and concern for the welfare of our neighbors.

Abortion is a personal choice. We should not insist that others have our personal view. The Democrats do not want to take our hunting guns (rifles and shotguns) or weapons to protect ourselves and our families. People with mental problems or who have committed a felony should not be permitted to have a weapon. Assault weapons have no place in our society. They are used by our policemen, who put their lives on the line everyday.

There is no such thing as a gay marriage. Marriage was ordained by God for our procreation. If men or women choose to live that lifestyle, they should have civil rights.

President Bush’s economic plan has driven our economy into an abyss. Sen. John McCain will keep the tax cut to the top 1 percent and give billions more to big oil.

Mr. McCain voted 17-plus times against raising the minimum wage. Do you believe he’s for the people who go to work every day?

Before we vote, let’s think of the future of our children and grandchildren. Are we willing to settle for the same flawed policies of the Bush administration?

MARIE NUNN

Monroe, Mich.

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