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No need for attacks

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, January 30, 2008

In response to Will Guappone’s suggestion that we must accept bad behavior from politicians (“Truth, lies, and politicians,” Jan. 29), I say stop hiding behind your cynicism and recognize that voters have a real choice in this election.

It’s true that no candidate is perfect, but when one campaign is engaging in bitter, divisive and patently false attacks while the other calls for inclusion, positivity, and a new way forward, platitudes like Guappone’s insistence that politics is dirty straight up hurt our democracy.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are running fundamentally different kinds of campaigns, and this year there’s no need to accept lies and meanness as part of the game. Just stop making excuses and choose what is possible – leadership that may not be perfect, but that all Americans can be proud of.

Claire McGathey

junior

abroad

Jan. 29