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Letter- Become informed
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

I think everyone would agree that an informed voter is preferable to an uninformed voter. That is, except for candidates or a political party that is counting on voters not knowing that their policies do not truly represent them and may in fact be bad for them.

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It's one thing to not make an effort to find out who best represents you, but it's another thing to blindly support a party and refuse to even listen to the facts. Take the case of a young family I met while canvassing this weekend. The mom said they were Republicans and would vote the straight ticket because her husband was in the military.

It just so happened that I had read the "How They Voted" section in the newspaper that morning. I learned that Wisconsin's Republican Senator Ron Johnson voted against the Veteran's Job Corps bill. The proposed bill would help those who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, at a deficit-neutral cost of $1 billion over five years. A major

section promotes a hiring priority for veterans in police, firefighting, and other first-responder jobs.

The bill was defeated. When I made an attempt to explain this to the voter she said she didn't want to know.

I understand that some people don't want to discuss politics with strangers who knock on their doors, but you should know what you are voting for or against. It's the only way our Democracy will truly represent the will of the people.

Your vote is important, especially when so many of our citizens don't even bother to vote. Becoming an informed voter and responsible citizen is an easy as going to the Voterama in Congress website: http://www.rollcallvotes.com. It's a public resource for tracking key issues and individual voting records in the U.S. House and Senate.

Carol Hardin, Hudson

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