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Beware of political image making [Letter]

America today is all about perception and 140-letter characterizations. Categorization is a natural human tendency in all things. However, knee-jerk categorization of candidates for political office without a real knowledge of them as people can be a mistake by the voter with long term negative consequences ("Report: Md. governor's race among nation's most negative," Sept. 30).

Image is everything today but the voter must stop and think. Is this really the candidate or the image that the candidate is consciously or unconsciously projecting? This candidate is young. They must not know anything about the world of work. That candidate is older. They must be experienced. Another candidate is African-American. They must know about the struggles of life while the candidate who is white must live a comfortable life.

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You may have heard the sayings "all generalizations are wrong" and "don't judge a book by its cover." I agree with this bit of folk wisdom. I would add for those of us who will be stepping into the voting booth, remember no single characterization of any human being, even a politician, is ever correct.

Please vote and please vote after learning about the whole candidate, not just about the image they project — or the image projected on them.

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John Garber, Savage

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