Supreme Court selection is most important issue

The single overriding issue that will guide my vote for president is the future of the Supreme Court. The next president will likely appoint anywhere from one to three new justices, due to retirement or death.

The court's current balance depends on only one swing vote. If that justice is replaced by a new conservative justice, all bets are off as to the future of Roe v Wade and many other important issues.

A vote for Barack Obama will ensure that the court has at least one liberal justice to preserve the status quo. The last thing we need is another Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito, which is what will happen if Romney is elected.

And while I'm on my soapbox, I'd like to suggest that it's time to set a term limit on the years that justices can serve. Supreme Court Justice for life is unreasonable and it's time for a change.

Sherry Hughes

Newark

God must be at center of our government

I believe that the most important attribute of a country is to have God at its center. Anything else focuses only on material goods, etc., and does so at its own peril.

Since President Barack Obama never mentions God during any of his talks, one must believe that he doesn't understand this requirement.

Romney and the Republican party at least acknowledge God's presence in many of their discussions.

David Brusiee

Pleasanton

Health care act critical to nation

The single overriding issue that guides my vote for president is the Affordable Care Act.

There are many reasons it must be allowed to continue, but the biggie is the fact that health insurance companies can no longer impose a cap on your benefits.

This is an enormous security issue for everyone in this country simply because you know a catastrophic illness could happen to you or a loved one anytime.

No one gets through this life unscathed.

Count your blessings and vote for President Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress who will have his back.

Don't forget how the GOP held the budget hostage if Congress didn't renew the Bush tax breaks for the rich. They were going to shut down the government the way Newt Gingrich did during the Clinton administration.

Norma J. Neto

Fremont

Trust is the critical issue this election

The single most overriding issue that will determine my vote is trust.

Over a long period of time, trust is earned leading to mutual respect. In the case of Mitt Romney, his rhetoric has been inaccurate, inconsistent and inflammatory. These qualities are not consistent with the values invested in the leadership of our country.

What he would like us to believe is misleading, for example:

Romney states the government should not be in the business of creating jobs. Romney says elect me and I'll create 12 million jobs, trust me.

As governor of Massachusetts, he signed into law his health care package which is the template for President Obama's Affordable Health Care Law. Elect me and the first thing I'll do is repeal Obamacare, trust me.

Mitt inflames his rhetoric by saying Russia's our No. 1 foe and England needed to police the Olympics better, and by using the Libya tragedy as a political tool.

At one time, he was for abortion, he ran against abortion, today he's for certain types of abortion. What is it?

You can trust him on one thing; he will confuse you as he changes his position every time the pressures move him.

Trust him? Not as our president.

John Soulis

Fremont

There is no single issue in this race

Anyone who votes for a president based on a single issue is ignorant and has no knowledge on national or worldwide issues effecting our freedoms and national security.

To obtain any news that threatens or effects our freedoms and national security, we must reach outside Bay Area news media. We won't get meaningful, worldwide, international news on the front pages of our liberal media -- which appears to cover mostly sports instead of utilizing the sports section; also, various, frivolous, miscellaneous news.

Thus, the creation of the single-issue voter. What single issue overrides the rest? Jobs, energy, health, debt, housing, national security, education and immigration to name some.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark

Can't stand Romney or the big money interests

I can't stand Mitt Romney and his flip-flopping and distortion of Barack Obama's record; and the criminal Super PAC money that is spreading half truths without any oversight.

James Lee

Orinda

Look at the big picture above all

Simply asking this forum question points up what is disastrously wrong with this election and politics as a whole in this country.

The mere suggestion that citizens should focus their interest on one issue that overrides all other issues is what limits our good judgment, totally blurs the big picture, gives permission for us to ignore the interests of all concerned, and puts citizens at odds with one another over relatively minor, contentious issues.

Those who run the election and politics through the Big Biz/government/press/academia alliance are looking to keep citizens just engaged enough emotionally without them feeling a need to critically question the values behind the status quo, destructive policies we have permitted to be instituted.

My fellow citizens, do not remain satisfied and, thus, limited by the single, overriding, divisive issue approach. The big picture and, questioning everything in it, will yield much more truth.

Ron Greenstein

El Cerrito

Exceptionalism of U.S. is first criterion

I will vote for the candidate who, in my opinion, most believes in U.S. exceptionalism and wants the United States to be No. 1 in every aspect of nationhood.

I do not want a president who wants the United States to be just another country and who believes in guilt by heredity, by group and by association.

I do not believe these concepts are enshrined in our Constitution and our tradition of jurisprudence.

Need I say more?

Edward Zawatson

Concord

Most important issue nationwide

The single, overriding issue guiding my vote for president and elected positions in Congress, the state Legislature and in local elections is the achievement of energy independence.

Unfortunately, neither major candidate for president advocates the best solution to achieve energy independence, taxing the users of the energy and the poisoners of the air we breathe: the drivers of automobiles and the military-industrial complex.

This could best be done by raising the state and federal taxes on gasoline to double the current price to about $10 per gallon, its price in nearly all the rest of the world.

No major candidate is advocating this because it's not politically correct. Federal military costs, freeways, state highways, county roads and city streets aren't free. It takes taxes.

Cleaner air resulting from infill projects and greater use of public transit will reduce health costs and lengthen lives.

Ralph Hoffmann

Walnut Creek