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What Do You Think?

October 26, 2008

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week, there were two poll questions.

The first question was: Do you support a referendum that would allow early voting in Maryland?

o "Why?? Never understood this 'early' voting. One has all day to vote and if you're on vacation, you get an absentee ballot. It would appear that it would cost more and make places for voting opened and manned by volunteers when they really don't need to."

o "What difference does it make when you vote, as long as you do vote once and only once? Verification (should be made) that you are who you claim to be, and then vote early, late, on time, doesn't matter."

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o "Why would people need to vote early? If you're not going to be around on Election Day, get an absentee ballot. Why make a problem where there is none?"

o "What if I vote for a candidate early, then find out he is linked to terrorism? Too late."

o "Why not vote early? Convenience. The comments that have been made sound like a bunch of old fuddy-duddys that need to smile and not whine so much."

The second question was: Do you fear we are headed for a depression?

o "It depends on who wins the election. It could go either way. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices. 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country."

o "No depression. I think that there will be recession like we had in the '80s (interestingly with similar causes) that will last for no more than five years."

o "My serious guess is that a depression will never happen again thanks to the safeguards placed in by the government. Will there be a recession lasting several years? Yes. We are in one now, and it will take three to five years to get out no thanks to Bush."

o "Depression? No way! These people have no idea what a Depression is. When I was in fourth grade during the Depression, the schools closed their doors in February because there was no money in the county treasury. None! Gasoline was 15 cents per gallon, but no cars ran on the highways. I would ride my bike on the main roads with no fear of oncoming traffic. These fear mongers would kill themselves if they had times today like those were. I could tell of the Depression for anyone who would care to listen."

o "There is no reason to 'fear' we are headed for a depression because 'fear' does not help. If you 'think' we are headed for a depression, you might be able to take some actions that will help you. If you don't think we are headed for a depression, you might want to invest in the stock market. I think that our leaders, who can't avoid taking us to war, have very little chance of avoiding a depression because they just are not smart enough to do so. There is no substitute for intelligence."

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