To the Editor:
The purpose of this letter, Dad, is to let you know I am proud of you for having written the column, “Voters should re-elect Obama,” published Oct. 8 in the Manhattan Mercury.
To use the words of one reader who doesn’t necessarily support your candidate, “It takes courage to write what’s in your heart.” He then went on to say that he’d like to counter some of your points, and I encouraged him to do so, for that is the beauty of free press — to exchange thoughts and ideas through civil discourse. (Your column, however, was far from “free” due to The Mercury’s policy of charging 15 cents per word for political endorsements. It must have cost you a small fortune.)
You, Dad, as an Independent supporting Barack Obama, are in the minority in this region, and it took guts to express your viewpoints to a predominantly conservative audience.
I know that we don’t always agree when it comes to controversial topics such as politics and religion, but I will always respect your opinion, as you do mine, and I hope your readers follow suit.
I am certain your column will spark much discussion among Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike, and that’s a good thing. Remaining open-minded and considering a variety of viewpoints will allow us all to make more informed decisions when we step behind the curtain to cast our vote for the leader of the Free World on Nov. 6.
Way to go, Dad! You make me proud.
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