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Liberals vs. conservatives

I will vote straight Democratic in the upcoming presidential election but am concerned about the new moderate stance the party is taking. I understand that Gov. Bill Clinton is only being realistic; the truth is that a "bleeding-heart liberal" just can't get elected.

There has been a traditional rivalry between Democrats and Republicans that is wholesome for our society, and I hope the moderate stance doesn't damage the image the Democratic Party has that so sharply contrasts with conservative Republicanism.

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The country has to periodically switch directions between traditionalism and liberalism, and those changes should be clear to voters. Jim Tennis, Romeoville, Ill.

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