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Ballot #710 at 9:45 a.m. | by Gwen's River City Images
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Ballot #710 at 9:45 a.m.

For the first time in years I felt like I could vote without holding my nose, vote totally without reservation. I have many hopes and fears that go along with the casting of this ballot. I hope for inclusiveness over divisiveness, hope for critical thinking problem solving, hope for leadership, hope for being pro-active instead of reactive, hope for inspiration, hope for regaining the respect of our allies, as well as our self respect and hope to see at least some of the positive change as promised.


Along with this hopes come many fears. I fear that even after all of this it will politics as usual. I fear that all the hope I have built up will lead to disappointment of equal proportion. Last of all I fear for his safety in the scary atmosphere that has been whipped up by the campaign and will probably linger in some crackpot's mind long after the votes have been tallied.

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Taken on November 4, 2008