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Tears of joy for vote

The author of Monday’s letter, “Thanks for nothing,” didn’t clarify that there were only five cities in the entire United States where Iraqi citizens could vote in Iraq’s election: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville and Washington, D.C. If one could make the trip to vote, one also had to be able to stay for a couple of weeks, or to make a second trip. Iraqi citizens had to go to one of those five cities to register in person; then they had to show up to vote two weeks later.

In all honesty, how many of us could have taken off work, made all the necessary arrangements and gone to Los Angeles for two weeks in order to vote last November? And, we are much closer to L.A. than many Iraqi citizens are to the nearest U.S. city where they could vote.

The day of the elections in Iraq, I was with the Iraqi side of my family – glued to the TV, watching with tears of joy as the people in Iraq voted. If it had been possible, believe me, they would have been voting themselves!



Did the author of Monday’s letter not want to dilute meanness with facts?

Christine Allen




Grass Valley


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