Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Open Forum: Issues, not celebrities, should be deciding factors in election

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On Feb. 12, Prince Georgians will go to the polls to cast their votes for U.S. House of Representative candidates for the Fourth Congressional District. There have been many debates by those vying for Congressman Albert Wynn’s seat in Congress; it’s hard to believe the election is only a week away.

I would hope that the voters are not swayed by celebrities who have graced our presence at Metro stations, handing out literature and shaking citizens’ hands like they live here, know you personally, and campaigning against people and issues impacting our communities when in fact they don’t know anything about us.

Citizens can’t fall prey to letting a celebrity sway their vote. The Danny Glovers of the world live in sheltered and privileged communities that are 3,000 miles away from Prince George’s County. He has the right but is unqualified to tell someone here to vote for one candidate or the other.

The many debates and interviews that have been held around the county should meet the needs of most of us as it relates to the candidates’ position on issues impacting Prince Georgians.

Forget about the celebrity endorsements and vote the issues and for the candidate of your choice based on what he or she has put on the table, not that of an actor or actress who resides in Hollywood.

Hubert ‘‘Petey” Green, Clinton