Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Need More Discussion, Not Assumptions or Demonization

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Need More Discussion, Not Assumptions or Demonization

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I support capitalism, a strong military, an interventionist foreign policy, the rule of law, protection of the environment and wildlife, gay marriage, gun control and equal access to education, health care and economic opportunity. I'm a feminist and a nurse with an MBA. Having prioritized certain policies, I can support a candidate who takes positions with which I disagree. Am I a Democrat or a Republican? It shouldn't matter.

I am comfortable being difficult to define, something I also appreciate in others, and am sympathetic to many sides of every issue. Chalk that up to being the child of divorced parents, from two very different cultures, letting me love people of different belief and value systems, long before I understood their politics.

Having commonality with both parties, I should be embraced by all. …

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