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GOP has plenty of issues to work on [Letter]

Jim Lee's column this Sunday regarding the GOP opportunity in 2016 is a reasonable summation.

But are the "moderate" Republicans going to go far enough to appeal to the middle class, seniors, milleniums, minorities and supporters of gay and lesbian marriage? Are they going to come to terms with the science of climate change? Are they going to support education for all children and not defeat all those who seek higher education by strapping them with terribly oppressive loan obligations?

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Are they going to continue to hold up a glass ceiling to oppress women? Are they going to support women's right to choose? Are they going to support the right to quality health care for all, or just for the Donald Trumps? Are they going to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? Are they going to support a minimum wage increase? Are they going to create a robust economy for the middle class, too?

Are they going to really help small business or will they continue to provide welfare for the rich and the big corporations? Are they going to solve the immigration issue? Are they going to stop refusing to make our government work for all Americans? Are they actually going to offer solutions?

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Are they going to lead us into ground wars around the world?

Are they going to compromise and form coalitions that actually do something more creative than threaten to close down our government again?

Are they going to continue to tell anxious members of their own constituencies to "shut up and sit down?"

In my view, the answers to these questions will decide the outcome of elections in 2016.

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John Witiak

Union Bridge

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