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Opinion: This Republican believes impeachment process will show where the lines are drawn
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., question Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., right. - photo by Associated Press

My husband passed away 10 years ago at the age of 82. He was a lifelong Republican, which is unusual for our generation in the South. Born in the days of the Great Depression and its aftermath, we understood hard work and sacrifice. We valued fiscal conservatism, traditional values and an unshakable belief in the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. 

Our great nation is built on a tradition of sacrifice, of justice, and doing the right thing, even — and especially — when it is hard. 

While I am not happy about the impeachment inquiry as this is a terribly difficult time for our country, at this point I believe the process must go forward and with the full support of Congress. I say this as, like my husband was, a loyal Republican. 

For me, there must be no doubt about the independence of our nation and about the authenticity of our electoral process. If these investigations do nothing else, I pray that they help to ensure the validity of the democratic process and the rule of law in our great nation. 

The Republican Party has always held the Constitution in high regard, and that has gotten us this far. We should not stop now. The elected officials Republicans have sent to Congress owe it to the American people to see this process through, if only to show this president, and all future presidents, where and why these lines are drawn.

Ladell Reynolds

Gainesville

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