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Not afraid to vote

Dear Editor: I’m not afraid to vote on Nov. 2. Last week, somewhere in the valley, a vandal painted over the word “Bush” on my “Defend America Defeat Bush” bumper sticker. The person tried to scratch it off (also damaging my bumper) but painted on the sticker instead.This is the tactic of someone who is fearful that his or her candidate will lose. It is the tactic of a person who wants to put fear in others. In this case, the person tried to instill fear in me by vandalizing my property and squashing my freedom of speech.I do not see any value in using intimidation to sway opinion. I have a point of view, and it might be different from yours. That should not limit us from having a healthy debate about politics and our leaders. If we are as sophisticated of a society as we think, I would challenge us individually to grow beyond these immature tactics – using fear, intimidation, and unsportsman-like conduct to make an argument. In order to win, Bush and his supporters focus on how to make others feel afraid and defensive, breeding a culture of fear. This is one of the fundamental reasons why I cannot support Bush. The same type of person who vandalized my car may even have the disrespect to flatten my tires to keep me from voting on election day. Well, not even a red terror alert issued by the Bush administration will keep me from exercising my right to vote, especially in this year’s election. Trina OrtegaGlenwood Springs


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