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Patriots defined despite any party affiliation

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Charlie Brown, retired Air Force officer, states that patriotism is more important than partisanship. What does he mean? Does being a military officer make him more patriotic than others and that everyone, regardless of party affiliation, should vote for him? Brown served his country and as any serviceman regardless of rank or duty, should be commended. Brown chose that profession as his job. Webster’s definition of a patriot: “A person who loves and loyally supports his own country.” That makes many of us patriots regardless of occupation, status or political affiliation. Tom McClintock is equally a patriot. Brown’s suggestions solving energy problems are nothing new. He failed to state that T. Boone Pickens favors oil drilling for an interim fix or that much of the oil company leased offshore tracts have marginal prospects. The blocking of ANWAR drilling, offshore drilling, Montana shale oil extraction, building new refineries and nuclear plants have put us in the position we are in today. A conservative, practical approach is welcomed. Like Obama and Hillary, Charlie Brown has moved to a conservative position to apparently garner votes. As many have said: “Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Vote for Tom McClintock, a patriot and experienced candidate. Joe Vielbig Grass Valley