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November 4, 2012

HOPKINS: A few reasons I'm for Romney

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — You may have read in Saturday’s edition of the US&J the editorial board’s endorsement of Barack Obama for a second term in the White House. Our editorial board is a democracy, where the majority rules.

I was not among the majority on that decision, and if the decision were mine alone, the newspaper’s endorsement would have been for Mitt Romney.

My reasons for supporting Romney — and opposing Obama, for that matter — are a mix of local and national issues. Here’s just a few:

• If anyone in this region has an ounce of compassion for retired Delphi workers, he will not cast a vote for Barack Obama. The man threw tens of thousands of retired Delphi workers — and their families — under the bus all for the cause of appeasing auto worker union leaders in Detroit, and assure he’d get the union vote.

Remember, GM was under no obligation to buy out Delphi’s unionized pensioners, but it did, under Obama’s guidance. The non-union white collar workers were left behind, hung out to dry. Most of the Delphi workers at whom Obama thumbed his nose are in Ohio. If Romney wins that state by a close count, mark it a win for Delphi workers.

Many in the Republican party have called for the Obama administration to come clean on exactly how this deal went down, and there are four House committees demanding full disclosure. They’re being denied by the administration, especially Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

This from the “transparent” government promised by the president. Transparent only when it benefits him, one would presume.

• Romney supports construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport oil to the Gulf Coast and its refineries. I understand the need for green, renewable energy, and it should continue to be developed into a realistically affordable product. In the mean time, let’s continue to use what we have and can produce cheaply.

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