Published: Sunday, October 21, 2007, Nashua Telegraph
At a time in our history when it is more important than ever that people think for themselves instead of blindly following party, propaganda or pressure, thank you for your prominent coverage of a recent local event that brought together independent-minded voters. (Oct. 15: "Independent voters make voices heard")
What most people don't know is that independents – voters who do not align themselves with a political party – make up the vast majority of voters.
Independents are largely misunderstood and tend to get labeled (leaners, swing voters, undecided, undeclared, people less likely to vote, etc.) despite the very nature of not wanting to be labeled in the first place.
The interesting thing about a gathering of independents is that it is devoid of much of the pressure and negativity that a party-sponsored activity generates.
No one gets excluded. Issues get voiced rather than people getting scrutinized and bashed. Ideas get offered, exchanged and valued. It's about the power and responsibility of the individual voter to consider all options and make educated decisions.
There are more independents than Republicans, more independents than Democrats, and more independents than ever before.
Thanks for recognizing the power of this phenomenon because now is the time for voters to exercise their freedoms and think for themselves.