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Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:00 am

I placed a Jerry McNerney sign in my yard on Sept. 12 and it disappeared on Sept. 13 — barely 24 hours later.

Pardon me if I’m wrong, but I thought this was the USA, and that we were free to vote and campaign for the candidates of our choice. I was also under the impression that you could voice your opinion even if someone else disagreed with you. I didn’t realize that you could only campaign for Republicans in Lodi.

Lest anyone think I’m some sort of “left-wing liberal,” I was registered as a Republican for 20 years and I voted twice for George Bush and twice for Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as several times for Richard Pombo. But, after controlling Congress for six years, I think Bush destroyed the American economy by encouraging American companies to move operations to third world countries instead of keeping them in the USA, resulting in the high unemployment we have now.

I think Arnold Schwarzenegger has done the same thing in California. I voted to get Gray Davis out of office so that California wouldn’t go bankrupt, and now, seven years later, the state is in a shambles and we have a $20 billion deficit.

Richard Pombo did a lot of questionable things with taxpayer dollars the last few years he was in Congress, and I am now proud to have Jerry McNerney represent me and use a common-sense approach to today’s problems. So I don’t appreciate people stealing his sign out of my yard, and I didn’t appreciate having my “Yes on 8” sign stolen out of my yard two years ago.

I have voted in every election since I was 18, and I have never voted for all Republicans or all Democrats. And I probably won’t this year. I approach each office individually and depending on what the issues are, I vote for whomever I think will best represent my interests.

I think the Republican Party needs to start seriously addressing the problems this country faces, and their followers need to stop playing childish games like stealing campaign signs out of yards. If they don’t, I don’t think they will attract much support from the American people.

Karl Welsbacher

Lodi

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