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posted: 10/17/2012 5:00 AM

There's still time to engage in election

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It is time for Americans to get engaged in the election season. For the next few weeks we need to watch the debates, get informed on the critical issues that need to be addressed by this nation and make a decision on who to vote for on Nov. 6. The polls would have us believe that the presidential election is a done deal. That is just not true. Despite what columnist Eugene Robinson says, conservatives don't believe there is a conspiracy in the polls, we just don't believe they are accurate.

Pollsters are in business to make money and to inform candidates where they need to focus their campaign's resources. They do not benefit the public. For the next month we need to put down our Fantasy Football guides, log off Facebook and Twitter, and start learning about life-changing issues like the "fiscal cliff," the national debt and the threat of war in the Mideast. Make your own decision about which candidate or party is most likely to manage these issues effectively. Don't let the polls tell you how they think you will vote, make up your own mind and don't think that your vote doesn't count. There are local elections and referendums that need to be decided by informed voters as well.

Brian Byrne

Schaumburg

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