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October 19, 2012

Re "Poor go unheard in race," Column, Oct. 17

It took Steve Lopez to notice that for our presidential candidates and other politicians, poor people no longer exist. I remember when a war on poverty was a legitimate cause for people aspiring to be our leaders and for citizens hoping to see America make progress toward our ideals. Now, as Lopez states, a mere mention of social or economic progress for 46 million poor people is equated to socialism by the Republicans and feared by the Democrats.

The economy will go through its cycles despite the ineptitude of our politicians. But social justice will happen only if millions of voters rediscover their souls and consciences. Anyone see that happening soon?

Phil Cott

Los Angeles

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