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A party with no family values

Dear Editor:One of the Republican candidates for governor of Colorado is making plans to petition his way onto the ballot.Marc Holtzman is concerned that voting irregularities might eliminate him. He has some reason to be worried. It was reported that in a previous year’s vote, the Republicans counted 400 more votes than there were delegates in attendance. Republican problems with voting do not seem to be just a Colorado event. Both Karl Rove, Republican guru, and Jack Abramoff, a Republican lobbyist (who has pleaded guilty to corruption, embezzlement and bribery), had a history of rigging elections as far back as high school. The new electronic ballot-taking machines are built by partisan Republicans, and were rammed through Congress by partisan Republican politicians. The machines have a glaring fault – they leave no tangible record of the votes they report. There is only one reason that the machines’ tallies can not be verified: People intend to cheat.Tom DeLay, the Texan who was only recently the House majority leader, has now dropped out of politics. He was indicted for using corporate cash to buy elections. That is a felony in Texas. He then gerrymandered the districts to put more Republicans in Congress.Unfortunately, in Republican politics, cheating is standard procedure. Clearly, many Republicans not only don’t grasp the basic tenets of democracy, they really oppose democracy. I know that the Ten Commandments do not include, “Thou shalt not rig elections,” but shouldn’t we expect more from the party that claims “family values” as its guiding philosophy?Some family, some values.Patrick HunterCarbondale


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