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Wanted: More in GOP like Larry Hogan

Vic Carter speaks with Governor Larry Hogan at Governor's breakfast on Inauguration Day.

Maryland not only boasts the coolest flag among the 50, but a governor who provides a template for moderate governance, personal integrity and principled leadership that the nation desperately needs. A proud, avowed liberal of Mountain Maryland, I was nevertheless offended when a post appeared on my Facebook feed the day after last week’s Virginia election. It was a site that catered to my progressive bona-fides, and it essentially said now they’re coming for Gov. Larry Hogan.

Because he’s a Republican.

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Well, I’m a Democrat who leans strong to independent and while my vote remains in play, I “liked” Governor Hogan’s page and have yet to regret it. He celebrates Maryland sincerely and passionately. I also like that he didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I like that he wouldn’t think of screwing Marylanders out of their health care, not because Democrats control the General Assembly but because he just would not do that. He’s a reasonable man and a decent human being.

Mr. Hogan is a reminder of what Republicans once were and what they can and must be if this nation is to be restored. I do not respect fellow citizens who, in blindly voting party-line, fail their civic duty to think independently and vote responsibly. Foremost in this dark time, we need people of character and integrity in public office. Decidedly, the need is most pronounced in the Party of Lincoln (“Hogan rides high, Trump sinks low in new Maryland poll,” Nov. 14).

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If I and others like me in Maryland can vote for a Republican like Mr. Hogan, perhaps Democrats of integrity can earn the votes of independent-minded Republicans. And meet on common ground where the fate of the Republic rests. As with this great state’s founding, once more the Free State leads.

Richard Kerns, Frostburg

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