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Letter: Get informed before voting

I wonder if the registered voters of Carroll County really understand their political party's platform or what it stands for.
As I read the one political party platform, it apparently doesn't think there are such issues as:
1. Climate change. We need to have clean air and water, cheaper energy, more development and research done in the "green area," such as wind, solar and natural gas. Less oil from Middle East.
2. Underemployed families. Jobs, raise minimum wages, repair, rebuild infrastructure. Let the factories, fast-food stores, corporations know wages need to be raised. Men and women need jobs. We know it has been proven lowering taxes does not bring jobs.
3. Immigration reform, they have opposition to Hispanics, Asians and African Americans.
4. Definitely against all LGBT persons.
5. Don't believe in voting rights; want voter suppression.
6. Health issues. I believe the Affordable Care Act needs improvement, but it's better than any plans we have now. Attend meetings explaining it.
6. Women issues. Women's reproductive rights, each wants to make her own choice. They tell raped ladies, go get a "rape kit." Women want equal pay for equal work. Women have got to stand up and become equal.
7. Education. If we only teach reading, writing and arithmetic, I wonder how we are all able to have cell phones, smart phones and TVs, if education hadn't improved. Pay teachers a decent salary. Teach history and government in school. Lowering taxes doesn't help education. School tools are more expensive today.
8. Gun violence. No such thing. Whites use guns, only to hunt animals and for protection. It's all the blacks who shoot one another over drugs and women.
Republicans didn't show up for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's march and speech. They've become uncompromising with President Barack Obama. They have blocked Obama's agenda since 2009. Congress is stuck in doing the opposite of what the other party suggests. The GOP seems to be arguing and fighting just to be fighting. Urgency is bogged down.
If we don't make changes, we're going to become a two part society. Lawmakers aren't providing any solutions to any of America's problems. They're grinding our government to a halt. Let's use common sense. I suggest we begin to work together.
When the 2014 campaigning begins, make sure you know what each candidate stands for and please go to vote.
Jackie Jones
Taneytown

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