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Charles Rackers

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

As we move closer to 2020, I hear people comment on the debates and politics in general. They mention specific responses by the candidates or a tweet by the president. This is interesting, but it’s not the first thing one should do when deciding to vote. The first thing is deciding what you stand for and what you want for our country. Then you can decide which candidate best meets those beliefs.

Do you want the United States to be a world leader? Do you believe in capitalism or socialism? Do you want a larger or smaller government? Do you want to have a strong military? How about border security? Are you pro-choice or pro-life? How about the death penalty? Is the United Nations important or not? How about NATO? What about religious freedom? Is our education system preparing our children for the future? How about unemployment? Do you think about the environment?

These are just a few things to think about before deciding which person is the right choice to lead our country. Also you should look at what they have done in the past, not what they say they are going to do. It’s easy to make promises. Don’t look at the color of their skin or their gender or how they wear their hair. Decide which person meets your own beliefs, and only then you’re ready to pick a candidate.

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