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MAJOR PARTIES DEPRIVE VOTERS OF REAL CHOICES

On our coming choices this November, I'd like to comment on the anti-Lazio ads. I wish Rick Lazio's "conservative record" was more than a distortion. My likely vote for him will not be because I think he is less of a globalist than Hillary Clinton, or a much greater threat to big government. It will be cast because he has shown no indication that he favors outright government control of the economy or organizational child-rearing as Clinton does. Our major parties' managers have come to thrive by defrauding the voter of real choices in public policy.

Ideological fraud is a crime vast in scale compared with con games carried out in the private sector. It has great consequences, whether committed by hacks without convictions or hard-line leftists.

Genuine American liberals and conservatives believe in democracy, not in organizational politics, smoke-screened agendas or cultivated dependencies. I look with encouragement at the success of the Reform Party of Canada.

DAN HOFFMAN

Buffalo

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