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Disappointed in McCain’s choice

I don’t recall when I have been more disturbed about a presidential election. My reaction is in direct response to having John McCain select Sarah Palin, an under-qualified woman, as his running mate. And, as a very serious and devoted citizen of these U.S., I feel insulted that McCain would assume that I would be impressed by his selection simply because Palin is a woman.

I listened to Palin’s acceptance speech and was appalled at her sharp-tongued attacks. As an educator, I am dismayed that McCain would even consider running with a person who promotes teaching creationism in public schools and who has supported abstinence-only approaches to sex education; and as mayor, threatened to fire the town’s librarian for interfering with Palin’s wish to ban certain books from the town library. As a citizen of this beloved country I shudder to think of our ill-conceived and costly war in Iraq being perceived, as Palin put it, as “God’s task.”

I no longer see McCain as an admirable maverick, I see him as lacking good judgment. If he were elected president, we would have this under-qualified extremist a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Sharon Davisson

Nevada City

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