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Letter: Does race really matter?

As I hear people say, "I don't know if I am ready for a black president," I can't help but wonder if these same people would not have been ready for Colin Powell -- a Republican who would have upheld George Bush's same failed policies.

I'd bet many of them would have been ready for a black president who'd veto measures to prolong the lives of people with diabetes and Parkinson's disease, and hypocritically say it was based on a pro-life stand not to allow stem cell research, while at the same time they were taking food out of the mouths of children here to fund an immoral war in Iraq where thousands of people are being killed on account of it. Then, by God, a black president would be just the ticket.

Because that same black president may also disregard what needs to be done to stop global warming to serve wealthy corporations. That same black president would honor a tax structure to serve the wealthy. Under those circumstances, I'd bet a black president would work fine for a majority of these folks. But, too, I give John McCain credit for his choice of a woman for vice president. After all, this is the 21st century. It is time.