Readers Write: June 27

With voting also comes responsibility

The recent election shows how powerful our vote can be. Our vote is the one thing that candidates strive for and hope to achieve. They court us and almost everything they do during the campaign is to get our vote. The mere thought of losing our vote makes candidates tremble. The power of our vote that was so hard-won in the past is precious and should never be compromised.

With the right to vote also comes responsibility. We should always vote from the heart and not just from partisan petty politics. The power of our vote will determine our future. Always remember the people who sacrificed to give us that privilege and we should never use it cheaply.

ALTON POWELL, CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS

Partisanship dragging down our nation

It seems that a large majority of the problems facing us in the U.S. involves the conflict between “political parties” and the citizens who adhere to a specific “party line” rather than looking at a problem in the most productive manner. This mentality exists at all levels of our government, but is most obvious and most publicized in our Senate and House of Representatives. There appears to be a physical and ideological separation between the members associated with the Republican and Democrat parties, as with the “conservative” and “liberal” thinking. Our country has for many years been known as a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world, but we now face problems that could potentially diminish our respectability. This “party line” mentality and its inherent conflicts will eventually do much more harm than good for our country. It is far overdue for the members of our congress to think for themselves and take actions that are best for the country and its citizens, rather than fight with each other over the problems that face our nation and individual states.

BOB GRAYSON, CUMMING

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