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October 6, 2012

Your View: Election Day time to remember 1964

On June 21,1964, 48 years ago, three young men — 21-year-old James Chaney, 20-year-old Andrew Goodman and 24-year-old Michael Schwerner — were beaten and murdered. Their bodies were then discarded.

These three gave the final sacrifice to uphold our founding fathers idea: “All men are created equal,” as they tried to register black voters in Mississippi.

Their potential to improve America with their passion and intelligence has been lost to us.

Please remember Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner — forever young — as you step into the voting booth in November and cast your vote regarding photo ID.  

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