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September 30, 2012

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Americans must work together

My name is Rick Ricks, and I am a lifetime resident of Logansport. I am also one of the 47 percent Mr. Romney spoke of.

My father worked at Wilson Foods. He worked six days a week to support his family of fie children the best he could. He taught us many good lessons about hard work, respect and helping others.

When it came time for college, he could not help me financially, so I got PELL grants, worked and took out loans (which I paid in full after 10 long years).

I have worked at Logansport State Hospital for 27 years and tried to help the mentally ill individuals who come from poor backgrounds like myself. After all these years, I would have to work 6 years at my current rate of pay to make the $250,000 Mr. Romney believes is middle class income.

I do not think Mr. Romney is a bad person. Just a man like me. Our life experiences have taken our thought processes in different directions.

Republicans are in favor of this trickle-down theory which in essence believes if we make the rich richer, they will make the rest of us 47 percent feel we are victims or that we are dependent on government to take care of us.

We are hard-working people who go to work and do our jobs every day. And another thing, Mr. Romney, many are even educated.

Though I describe myself as Democrat, I also will tell you that I am a conservative. I voted for Mr. Lugar every election. I felt he was a good man and would do the right thing regardless of party affiliation. In the end, this cost him his job with his own party.

My point is this. We are in an election year, and we are being blown away with ads. Ads tell you what they want you to know about their person and take a couple of shots at the opponent. We all need to do our research and vote for the best person for us. Though some Democrats and Republicans will blindly pull the lever for their party and consider it over, many will research and make the best choice for them. Regardless of the outcome, we must all be Americans and

work with the winners to keep this country great.

Rick Ricks, Logansport

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