Our nation has a representative republic; meaning you and I still have the power to elect the candidates that best represent our values. I donít think Iím being overly dramatic to say that Americaís future is going to be decided within the next week, or so. If you truly think that your values matter ó then itís time to realize how much your vote matters.

Thatís why I encourage you to vote for Tim Huelskamp, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from Kansasí First District. For more than 10 years ó without fail ó Tim has stood up for true conservative values in the Kansas Senate. As he has said, ďItís easy for politicians to Ďtalkí conservative ó but the best way to know how a man will vote in Washington is to look at his past record.Ē Thatís all I need to know when I vote my values on Nov. 2. †

LYNN BALLINGER,

Garden City