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Letters 08/31/16

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Supports Hillary

    Anyone who has seen those yellow school buses knows school has started. Anyone who has turned on a television, or logged onto the internet knows this is an election year. An election year usually means schools spend a great deal of time teaching our children the electoral process.
    Locally some schools have a tradition of a Mock Election. Two students are chosen to represent the candidates from the major parties. They study the platforms, make speeches, debate, and campaign for weeks. To teach the Electoral College, classrooms are assigned “battleground” states with the corresponding number of electoral votes. Just before Election Day, schools borrow recently retired voting machines making the process as real as possible. Then every child votes. Watching those returns is an exciting event and is often the first introduction our children have to what it means to be a citizen.
    But not this year. Mock elections are not being planned, at least not here in Bedford. I heard one teacher say, “I wouldn’t touch this election with a 10-foot pole.” Another school had a special faculty meeting to discuss how to “handle” the election, how to discourage discussion and minimize conflict. A former teacher remarked, “If I were still teaching, I couldn’t ask a student to represent that one candidate because the child would get in trouble for quoting his hate speech. The child could be suspended for bullying!”
    How can anyone consider voting for a candidate whose behavior is so rude and outrageous that children cannot even represent him?
    How could we elect a bully who shows no respect for other religions, for people with disabilities, or for a family whose son was killed fighting for our country?
    As our First Lady said, “this election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.” I, for one want my children’s – and grandchildren’s – lives shaped by someone who treats all with respect, one “who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters … That we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.”
    Only one candidate can do that this year: Hillary Clinton. That’s why “I’m with her!”

Patsy Arnold Martin
Bedford

Can’t support Hillary

    As a woman, I cannot support Hillary for President.  
    Do you know how many women who brought charges against her sexual predator husband that she intimidated and suppressed? She even laughingly defended a child rapist! She believes that women can’t provide their own birth control and wants the government to provide it regardless of some institutions deeply held religious beliefs.  
    This despite the fact that women can purchase a month’s supply of oral contraception at Walmart for less than the price of a venti Frappuccino at Starbucks. Additionally, the Clinton Foundation has taken millions of dollars from countries that suppress and oppress women.
    She is an advocate for unfettered abortions.  Do you realize that Planned Parenthood strategically places many of their facilities in poor, black neighborhoods?  Hillary received the Margaret Sanger award.  Margaret Sanger was all about reducing the black population by abortion.  Does this sound like someone who speaks for women well? She does not speak for me, and she will not be getting my vote come November.    She cannot be trusted to tell the truth.  Just look at the trail of lies she continues to weave. It began as a 27 year old; she was removed from the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation for lying.  She was all about violating the Constitution, the rules of the House, committee and rules of confidentiality.     Now fast forward to Benghazi. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”  As a military mom, I shudder at that statement.  Men died because she failed to do her job.  Do you know that 600 requests for security upgrades were denied prior to the attack?  
    Oh, I forgot, Benghazi was due to a video and of course she lived through sniper fire in a war zone. Hillary is a compulsive liar and truth is not in her vocabulary. I take seriously integrity and is another reason why I can’t vote for her in November    Hillary Clinton is no friend of women, and she is not trustworthy.

Jan Robey
Bedford,

Jane for Congress

    In the midst of the current political climate, it was a pleasure and relief to attend a gathering for Jane Dittmar, candidate for the U.S. Congress in the 5th District.
    Not a rebel rouser or a screamer, Jane is a reasoned, soft-spoken voice of sanity. She has served as the chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and is a certified mediator for the General District and Circuit Courts. Having been President of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, she is no stranger to the needs and challenges of businesses.
    I can find nothing in Jane’s platform that’s over-the–top. Her stances signal that her focus is promoting the well being of all of her constituents. For a complete look at her positions, go to janeforcongress.com.
    Here’s a sampling.
    Jane wants to promote good paying jobs through workforce training. She believes that affordable access to the internet for rural areas will provide an economic boost.
    Jane is concerned about the viability of Social Security and favors common sense fixes such as removing the cap on recipients’ earnings. When in office, she will preserve the right to bear arms, but will work to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are deemed to be dangerous, such as individuals on the “no fly” list. As a forward-thinking person, Jane wishes to safeguard our air and water for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
    Take a look at Jane’s website and get to know her. I think you’ll like what you see.

Ellen Ashwell
Huddleston