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In his pamphlet “The American Crisis,” Thomas Payne writes, “…for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.” Of course these words belong to 1776, their context obviously being that of the American Revolution. However, their mean shall not be lost on us today.

On the news Wednesday evening I saw the image of a destroyed campaign sign belonging to Rep. Walt McLeod. Rep. McLeod has served the people of his district well for over 15 years, and is now seeking to serve again in a fair and judicious manner, yet someone is attempting to quell his right to run for office. Someone who cares not for democracy is out to deface our American liberty with saws and anything else at his or her disposal.

Yet, as Payne wrote, there is indeed a coal which can never expire. Walt McLeod, in the experience of this writer, is an extraordinarily generous person, who gives of his time with energy and vigor. If the people of this district wish to have a representative with fire in his spirit and compassion in his bones, then cast your vote and re-elect Rep. Walt McLeod.

Melissa Chappell


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