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Senate control at stake  in state’s Nov. 6 election

To the editor:

Republican senator Scott Brown pretends that his party affiliation doesn’t matter in our choice this November. Nothing could be further from the truth. With most polls showing control of the U.S. Senate in a dead heat nationally, Massachusetts may very well decide which party runs the Senate in coming years. A Brown victory could likely tip the balance and put Republicans in charge of committees, judicial nominations, treaties and staff across the board.

For anyone who cares about the environment and global warming, the result would be disastrous, as the global-warming denier James Inhofe would chair the committee on the environment. In a recent debate with Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown said, “You’re not running against Jim Inhofe, you’re running against me.” This is not true actually, since Sen. Brown’s re-election could hand control of the Senate to the Republican party and place Inhofe in the chairman’s seat. A vote for Brown is a vote for Inhofe, among other bad results.

With the Massachusetts senate race itself essentially tied, we have a rare chance to influence history and every vote matters. Those who care about the future of this country should look past personal qualities — these are both nice people from humble backgrounds who work hard — and consider the consequences of this momentous vote.

If you agree with the Republican platform, by all means vote for Scott Brown. But if you do not want a Senate that blockades a second Obama term (or facilitates a Romney one), then please help turn out every vote for Elizabeth Warren. It would be crazy for Massachusetts voters to help re-elect President Obama and then hand the U.S. Senate to those who would cripple his effectiveness.

Joshua Goldstein

Amherst

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