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Listen carefully to presidential debates

After listening to Republican candidates debate, I think it’s important to consider what their words mean, especially the ones couched in vague euphemisms.

“Strengthen and upgrade our military.” Will military leaders get all the money they want at the expense of every other program?

“Repeal Obamacare.” Will health care go back to the insurance companies without controls on lifetime benefits and pre-existing conditions?

“Defund Planned Parenthood.” Will poor women be denied health care because a small percentage of Planned Parenthood funds helps prevent desperate women from using coat hangers and back-alley butchers?

“We have A-plus ratings by the NRA.” We all know what that means.

One candidate would eliminate the EPA; who will make sure our food and water won’t kill us?

One would freeze regulations; who will keep manufacturers from making dangerous and unsafe products?

We must listen carefully and question diligently.

Elaine Bohlmeyer

Forest Grove