Crossing party lines
February 29, 2012
To the editor:

Independent voters, affiliated with neither the Republican nor Democratic party, will be wooed in the months leading up to the November general election. As a voting group Independents may have a huge impact on whether a Democrat or a Republican is elected to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years. Still, that may result in no change in the makeup of Congress! Independents' participation in the general election may not be enough to bring about any change.

Independents probably do not participate in the primary elections thinking that these are only party functions. But this is where the incumbents are most vulnerable! The winners of these primary elections have a 50-50 chance of election in November. If anyone thinks his or her representative should be replaced, the best chance to make this happen is to vote in the primary of his/her party and vote for a challenger.

Even Democrats and Republicans can "cross party lines" and vote in the "other" primary. We simply must cooperate with each other to bring about "change that matters." Our shared objective should be the defeat of undesired incumbents.

Glenn Terrell, Arlington, TX

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