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Letter to the Editor: Equality needs to extend to all citizens


Editor:

As a Republican, I believe in the freedom the Constitution has provided us. I believe in the free market economy. I believe the less government taxes us, the more money we will have to create, and utilize private industry.

I believe government should have a limited role in our lives. I believe as citizens, we have the right to bear arms, and protect what is ours. I believe the state we live in should have the largest role in our public life, not the feds. I believe parents should be able to decide how their children are educated, after all, they're raised by them. I believe energy is too critical for government to make it even harder to access with restrictions, and taxation. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins, that he guides me, and that I should spread the news that he loves us all. I believe in "we the people."

I believe in a lot, but the latter is only a small percentage. All in all, I believe America is the land of equal opportunity. So I'm going to ask you why it should bother me that the homosexual community would want to be treated the same.

"We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity" -- a direct quote from the 2012 Republican Party platform. Let's stop contradicting ourselves, let's accept these fellow Americans, because above all, that's what they are.

If we continue to treat these people as second-class citizens, than we will be considered a second-class party. May I remind you, though, this isn't just for votes, or a better-looking party for young people. It's for principle.

Fourteen states have voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and it's going to spread like wildfire. It's going to reach every state in this nation, and it's going to be accepted by the majority of its people. Foreshadowing is not hard, neither is equality.

I am a Republican, and the foundation of my party's beliefs have already accepted equality, but its most loyal proponents have not.

Kyle Gregory Ford, Woodstock


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