2008-04-11 / Letters

Hope Springs Eternal

Dear Editor,

The 2008 presidential campaign challenges all of us to look beyond the emotional issues that get headlines and look at the issues and programs that will benefit the majority of Americans, as well as ourselves.

In "From the Editor's Desk," Howard Schwach raises the specter of a Republican campaign commercial featuring Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. Let us hope that John McCain, the victim of a nasty campaign about his adopted daughter in 2000, does not sink to that level.

The independent 527 groups that besmirched John Kerry's military record in 2004, and the election officials who kept thousands of Florida voters from voting or having their votes counted in 2000, may still be around.

Barack Obama gave an outstanding explanation of his views on race and the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on March 18. If you have not seen it, you can get it on http://mybarackobama. com/hisownwords

The Gallup Poll now shows Obama with the support of a majority of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents.

While I regret that Al Gore has not chosen to fight for the job that he earned in 2000, all of us must be prepared to move on with the candidate who has moved past the divisions of the past and brought millions into the electoral process.

NORMAN SILVERMAN

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