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Good will come from freedom

I was taken back by the letter that criticized the Iraqi people living in the U.S. who didn’t vote. Understanding that every city in America didn’t provide a polling place, one must realize that most Iraqis had to travel hundreds of miles, or in some cases to another state, just to cast a vote. In America, there are citizens who are unwilling to vote even when they have the luxury of casting an absentee ballot at home.

Before people are so quick to put words in the mouth of every U.S. taxpayer and military service member, look around at your fellow Americans first.

I’m proud of the Iraqi people, understanding what they have endured. I anxiously wait to see what they will become. It gave me such satisfaction to see the pride in their faces, both here in America and in Iraq, after they cast their votes. By liberating Iraq, the United States provided the Iraqi people with the opportunity to understand the true meaning of freedom and the foundation to lead productive lives in the years to come. I proudly served in Iraq last year and witnessed what these people have lived through and over come. By serving in Iraq, I have a more educated and positive outlook on the elections and the Iraqi people.

Edmond L. Rossovich Jr.

Grass Valley

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