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Vote Kerry for a just court

Dear Editor:While voting this week, please consider that your new president may be called upon to appoint four new justices to the Supreme Court. Any of the following justices could vacate their seats during the next four years, due to illness, death or retirement. On Monday, it was announced that Justice Rehnquist has thyroid cancer.Chief Justice Rehnquist, appointed 32 years ago by Nixon, is now 80; Justice Stevens, appointed 29 years ago by Ford, is 84 years old; Justice O’Connor appointed 23 years ago by Reagan, is 74 years old; and Justice Ginsburg, appointed 11 years ago by Clinton, is 71 years old.It is clear that the influence of a Supreme Court judge far outlasts that of the president who appointed them. The outcome of Nov. 2 will decide the judicial future of America for decades to come, not only in the Supreme Court but also with the appointment of federal judges.I believe that John Kerry will appoint justices who will protect the Constitution of the United States. He has also said he would appoint a judge who will uphold Roe vs. Wade and make lasting fair decisions on issues ranging from affirmative action to the death penalty.President Bush has inferred the he will try to see Roe vs. Wade reversed, which would remove women’s right to choose. I’m very concerned that this administration attempted to made the banning of gay marriage a constitutional amendment.Vote John Kerry for a just Supreme Court.Judy HillAspen Village


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