Election Meditation

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 16, 2004

Dear editors,
   With all of the trashing going on between the parties this election, I have a suggestion for any remaining undecided voters.
   Find a quiet place: a place of worship, your child's room as he or she lies sleeping, your empty office building, a beautiful area under a tree.
   Put all campaign rhetoric out of mind. Then think about where you are and the benefits to your family over the past four years. Weigh those against the growing middle-class poor without access to health insurance, the fear many workers face because of outsourcing, and worst, the hopelessness, frustration, isolation, and often hunger facing the actual poor in this country. Add to that the loss of our nation's most precious blood in Iraq, the death of innocents there, and the spiraling maelstrom the entire effort has become that gives those who oppose us no basis for restraint.
   In weighing these factors, I suggest two more concepts. Americans know what the term "sacrifice" means. Also, to paraphrase a very wise man, "Sometimes the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many, or even the one."
Jade Meeker
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