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It has been said that character is what you are when no one is looking. The character traits of truthfulness, integrity and the ability to do right even if criticized or condemned are the backbone on which this country was founded. Now it seems that character is no longer important, and personal integrity takes a back seat to personal pleasure.

We have become a nation so afraid of being called intolerant that we allow behavior that only a generation ago would have been unthinkable. Our moral guidelines have been ignored, and we are well on our way to becoming a people who can no longer discern right from wrong. In fact, we vote into office those who subtly manipulate rather than those who lead with truth and moral character. Noah Webster was right when he said, "When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality, he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbors; he betrays the interest of his country."

Rebecca L. Zilliox East Aurora

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