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Letter: Some facts for the undecided

For the undecided:

If you haven't made your presidential pick, you may want to consider the following:

First, Editor and Publisher, the newspaper industry journal, has been tallying the newspaper endorsements for each candidate. As of Oct. 20, Barack Obama had received 114 endorsements to John McCain's 40. Twenty-six of the newspapers endorsing Obama chose Bush in 2004.

One newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, a conservative paper whose first leader was a founder of the Republican Party, has endorsed a Democrat for president for the first time since its beginning in 1847. The full endorsement is on the newspaper's Web site. Here is a highlight:

"We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president. We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready."

Second, McCain has criticized Obama for wanting to "redistribute wealth" because Obama wants to rescind the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. McCain ignores the redistribution of wealth that occurred during the Bush years. Census Bureau data shows that the number of people living in poverty in the United States increased by 5,695,000 between 2000 and 2007. Simultaneously, according to Forbes magazine, the number of U.S. billionaires increased by 200 to a total of 472. Think about it. We are not talking a few million. We are talking one thousand million dollars, more money then anyone can possibly spend, but McCain wants to protect billionaires from paying more taxes.

Third, check out "McCain's Miserable Record of Not Supporting America's Troops and Veterans" at You will learn that McCain, a veteran and POW, claims to be a friend of veterans but has an abysmal record on veterans' issues. He has repeatedly voted against improved veterans' benefits, including increased health care, educational benefits, and mental health counseling. Don't ask me why a veteran fails his comrades, but McCain clearly has.