A letter in the New York Times this morning

To the Editor:

In “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (column, Nov. 2), Frank Rich writes that if Barack Obama wins the White House on Tuesday, “many will cheer and more than a few will cry as history moves inexorably forward.”

I will be one of those crying. I have not cried during the last eight years, even when I saw the picture of Iraqi prisoners being tortured and humiliated at Abu Ghraib prison, because I don’t cry when I’m horrified. I cry when I’m joyous.

I will cry when I vote for Barack Obama. I will be crying because I love my country so much and I treasure my right to vote. I will be crying with relief because the last eight years have been torture for me.

Celia Ballew Jones

Richmond, Va., Nov. 2, 2008