I agree with Mr. Emel (CDT July 31) that voters should consider the character of candidates before voting. I did just that when I voted for President Obama in 2008 and every time I voted all the way back to 1956.
The president certainly exhibited character when he introduced the Affordable Care Act, which provides affordable insurance to about 40 million poor, disabled and elderly Americans, including 12 million poor children who never have had health care. Remember, President Bush and presidential candidate Romney both stated that those children already had health insurance, all they had to do was to go to hospital emergency rooms.
He also showed character when he gave the order to our brave special forces to capture Osama Bin Laden, who President Bush decided was not a priority anymore. Just think what would have happened to Obama if that mission would have failed.
He also showed character with his attempted closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison, the end of torture as an official American policy, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and keeping us out of another war.
I don’t agree with Mr. Emel’s belief that race was not a factor in the election of Mr. Obama. Racial prejudice is not dead and was a factor in Obama’s second term, hidden in such things as Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law, which would have disenfranchised thousands of black and other minority voters who voted for him in 2008. It is fortunate that the court stepped in and stopped it.
Charles J. Kulp