Our nation has a representative republic; meaning you and I still have the power to elect the candidates that best represent our values. I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic to say that America’s future is going to be decided within the next week, or so. If you truly think that your values matter — then it’s time to realize how much your vote matters.

That’s why I encourage you to vote for Tim Huelskamp, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from Kansas’ First District. For more than 10 years — without fail — Tim has stood up for true conservative values in the Kansas Senate. As he has said, “It’s easy for politicians to ‘talk’ conservative — but the best way to know how a man will vote in Washington is to look at his past record.” That’s all I need to know when I vote my values on Nov. 2.  

LYNN BALLINGER,

Garden City