On Tuesday voters will make their choices for national, state and local candidates.
This series of election columns has been non-partisan. In that spirit, here are stands taken by both presidential candidates.
Reasons to vote for Barack Obama:
Is a strong, decisive leader with valuable experience as president and the broad vision required for that position.
Faced the worst recession since the Great Depression with decisive leadership, placing America on the road to economic recovery.
Initiated the landmark Health Care for America.
Vowed to extend Bush-era tax cuts except for high-income earners.
Is winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Believes in reproductive choice under Roe vs. Wade.
Strongly supports labor unions, women's rights, minorities, and public education.
War on terrorism victory with death of Osama bin Laden.
Reasons to vote for Mitt Romney:
Is a strong, decisive leader with valuable experience as governor, Olympics organizer, and business executive.
Vows to immediately end Health Care for America (ObamaCare).
Strongly supports business for a thriving economy which benefits all Americans.
Opposes abortions and funding for Planned Parenthood.
Believes in a lower rate for all taxpayers, less government regulation, and a smaller federal government.
Opposed to gay marriage.
Will cut programs such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and funding for public television.
Advocates school choice, school vouchers, and charter schools.
The choice is yours. Exercise one of your greatest rights and vote on Tuesday.
Arkfeld has taught secondary American government and American history. He lives in Los Banos.