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STAFFORD MISQUOTED

STAFFORD MISQUOTED

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The story written by Virginia Demaree, ``Candidates differ on ideas for solving budget woes,' (Oct. 23) misquoted me on the abortion issue and left out the pictures of the black candidates.

First, I am not in favor of abortion for any reason. My endorsement by North Carolina Right-to-Life groups speaks for itself. North Carolina is the only state that continues to provide funds for abortion.Abortion is the killing of innocent, defenseless unborn and the state should not be in the business of providing funds for abortions. If the legislature wants to continue to provide funds, then I would push for more restrictions such as the involvement of parents in the abortion decision of their minor daughters; more involvement of the fathers of unborn children in the abortion decision; requiring the abortionist to personally counsel with a woman seeking abortion and give her information about abortion and alternatives at the time when she may have the abortion performed.

I hope this makes it unambiguously and abundantly clear where I stand on the abortion issue.

Second, it appears to me that your newspaper ``continues' to be insensitive to blacks and in a way is fueling continued racism and distrust by not treating black candidates equally, especially in your coverage of the state Senate race. The absence of pictures of the black candidates deprived your readers of the opportunity to see that ``we all do not look like Harvey Gantt.' O. C. Stafford Greensboro

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