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Many Western Pennsylvanians residents ready to vote

| Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Tuesday is Election Day and although there are other races on the ballot, it is the presidential race that has the nation's attention and has held it for months.

“This is the longest election that I ever remember,” Edward Taylor of Uniontown said. “I know it probably just seems that way, but it seems like it has lasted for years instead of months.”

Edwards added that the length of the campaigning does, however, show how badly each of the candidates wants to sit in the Oval Office.

“They both have good points and they both are weak in areas, but four years of going downhill is enough,” Taylor said.

Sheri Fleming of Mt. Pleasant is also anxious to hit the voting booth.

“Obama was handed this mess and it will take at least 8 to 10 years to come out of this,” Fleming said. “I am a diehard Democrat, so that is the only way I am going.”

Some people said they don't vote, because they don't think their vote counts, while others felt they need to vote to voice their opinions.

“If I didn't vote, then I should just keep my mouth shut,” Mary Lynch of Greensburg said. “I like to tell people how I feel, so I vote. I also like to feel that my vote counts for something.”

Ed Kelemen of New Florence also feels his vote counts.

“My Medicare premiums have gone up, my benefits have gone down, so that people who have never paid anything into Medicare are reaping the benefits of what was taken out of my paycheck for the past 40 years. Gasoline costs about double what it did four years ago. All of the tax cuts that were instituted by the Republican President George Bush are expiring in a few weeks. The cost of electricity has been escalating,” Kelemen said. “My vote will count on Tuesday.”

Sam White of Springfield Township is not voting.

“I'm not bothering and I want everyone to please respect that,” White said. “I don't care for either candidate and I am not even registered here. Maybe I will again in four years, but not on Tuesday.”

John Burkus of Bear Rocks is worried about the possibility of losing his home.

“If anyone wants me to lose my house, vote for old Romney cause he plans to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act which would cut my annual income in half,” Burkus said. “Pretty much sums up where I'm headed. Votes really never mattered since little old Bush beat Gore by family connections. The next pres is already elected.”

“Every ‘legitimate' vote is important,” John Lypson of Connellsville said. “Already numerous cases of fraud reported. All committed by Democrats. This explains why only Democrats are against anti-fraud measures.”

Lypson added that the President's record is not one he wishes to see repeated.

“Obama's anti-business, anti-growth, anti-job creation policies will lead to another lost decade just like the ‘90s in Japan. Romney has real ideas and real solutions,” Lypson said. “Obama has Big Bird, free birth control and free abortion. That will improve our economy? In four years Obama has done nothing to improve the economy. Even with super majorities in both the House and Senate. Then, two weeks before the election he puts out this pamphlet of his plan of same old talking points to create jobs. If he has such a great plan, why hasn't he implemented it? Why wait till days before the election.”

Pat Garris of Uniontown is voting for Obama, stating four years was not enough.

“Only a miracle president could have fixed in four years what it took over eight to create,” Garris said. “My only complaint about the President is that he spent too much of his term worrying about being re-elected. Once he is on Tuesday, then he can settle back and concentrate on getting this country back on track.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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