In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
What's the most important race to you in this election and why?
THE MOST IMPORTANT race to me is the "human" race. Our leaders and we followers are supposed to be doing the "right thing," and what is good for all of us. Do you think that is happening?
I have bad feeling that the truth got lost in all the election fever and will need to be rediscovered. In the interim, I hope small minds and greed don't sell us all down the river of failure and despair. To me, it has been a while since I have seen politicians of any stripe come together for the good of the country.
I'VE ALWAYS FELT that if you get bitten by a loose dog your world revolves around how the dogcatcher got elected. Truth be told, all offices can be critical and all contribute to the collective good, or ill, will.
That said, if you picked one, the presidency is huge in this 2012 race. Sure, we've all heard countless times in the past how the election at hand is the most important of our lifetime. This time, though, there is truth to it.
The two candidates don't differ as much on details, nuance or program delivery as they disagree on archetypal assumptions about the role and interplay of what I might call the trinity: government, private sector and individual and where the twain shall meet.
If men are, indeed, from Mars and women from Venus, then Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are, as well, universes apart. They mirror the greater philosophical divide in the country -- it's like a national yin and yang.
As in all races, national regional and local, may the better man (or woman) win!
EACH OF THE MONEY-grabbing tax increase proposals, beginning with the state's and down to Antioch School District's Measure B, should be voted down!
Each of these will increase our taxes for many years, and financially adversely affect already delicate means of support for families. More taxes will not solve the true reasons behind the current economic downfalls of our society. More taxes just increase having less with which to provide for our children, our individual needs, and with which to pay for our increasing costs with. More taxes just covers for the incompetents who created the problems, and just gives them more money to waste as before. It has to stop, and all must be voted against.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
When your newly elected local council is sworn in, what do you think should be its first priority?
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