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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Please, don’t let us go down in history as the generation who let our democracy slip away.
A real patriot recognizes that America is a democracy which chooses its leaders with free and fair elections, that his or her preferred candidate will not always win, and would never use or promote violence to attempt to subvert a legitimate election.
The Rochester School District has benefited first hand watching and evaluating Dr. Pekel’s leadership which has been steady, strategic, and strong in these challenging times.
I was recently amused with a letter in this column wherein a self-styled, independent voter condemned Republicans for having no platform, and then claimed that the honest and decent ones were a disappearing breed. After this display of independence, the writer went on to ask us all to put aside our "partisan/tribal differences." Ok, but you first!

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The democratic process defines who we are as Americans. Free and fair elections ensure that our elected leaders remain accountable to we the people.
The GOP did not have an official platform in 2020.
I am an avid cyclist and walker. This morning’s walk took me to the intersection of West Circle Drive and Second Street Southwest. As I was walking west across West Circle Drive, in broad daylight, with the green light and the walk sign, a driver going east on Second Street was making a left turn onto West Circle Drive.
Congress just passed a $778 billion military budget (the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA) for year 2022 with bipartisan support by a vote of 363-70 in the House and 88-11 in the Senate, a $37 billion increase over 2021. The NDAA includes at least $10 billion for new and bigger nuclear weapons. This was approved despite what happened in Afghanistan; despite increasing evidence of the deaths of thousands of civilians, many of them children, from U.S. air strikes in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen and despite the toll on U.S. soldiers with combat deaths and injuries, suicides, PTSD, and moral injury.
This past week Judy Jensen (letter to the editor) accused Mitch McConnell and the GOP of having no future platform. Her party evidently favors"building up our country" which could mean "more money down the rathole!"
We’ve got to voice our support for our local individuals trying to improve our lives.

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Woman’s choice is not the result of merit, virtue or moral deserve. It is a justice issue.
A limerick for the Daley Farm.
Climate Change is a real crisis and an enormous economic development opportunity.

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