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October 13, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Presidential election

Turbulent times call for steady leadership

We may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first.

I support Barack Obama because turbulent times require steady leadership and national unity.

In order to resolve our economic crisis, balance the federal budget, end the war in Iraq responsibly and keep America safe, we need to change the way Washington, D.C, works. Sen. Obama is promising real change — not more of the same failed policies of George W. Bush.

Obama supports responsible tax cuts for middle-class Americans and working families. Sen. John McCain is calling for expanded tax cuts for large corporations and the wealthiest Americans — adding trillions to a record deficit.

Obama understands that a go-it-alone foreign policy makes us less safe. He will work with our allies and use strong and direct diplomacy to take out al-Qaida, contain Iran and end the war in Iraq responsibly.

Obama won’t let special interests and their Washington, D.C., lobbyists drown out the voices of regular Americans. He has shown that by building a broad movement of bipartisan support — and that is how he will govern.

— Michael Mauk, Redmond

Let’s fix this country

In the past, the U.S. has been a great country. But greatness is dependent upon the foundation of a large and healthy middle class.

As the Bush administration has eroded the middle class in favor of the wealthy, we have lost our strength within our own borders and in the world. Now we have one last hope to restore this strength, to start the arduous journey toward peace and prosperity. That hope lies with the Democratic party, in the White House, in Congress and in state governments.

The alternative frightens me.

Today’s Republicans care only about the wealthy, about power and about winning at all costs.

Much has been made of Sen. Barack Obama’s age. Yet, at 47 he is five years older than Theodore Roosevelt when he first took office, two years older than John F. Kennedy when he became president, and only four years younger than Abraham Lincoln when he was elected.

Sen. Obama may not have as many years of experience as Sen. John McCain but he is light years ahead of him in terms of thoughtfulness and wisdom.

In October of 2000, a few weeks before that infamous election, I said to a friend, “If Bush wins the election he will usher in the next Great Depression and a third world war.”

Now, in 2008, a few weeks before this election, it is obvious to me that if McCain wins, we will lose all hope of ever regaining our greatness and stature in the world.

— Patricia McCairen, Point Roberts

Don’t fall for it

The headline “McCain defends Obama” [Times, News, Oct. 11] seems to illustrate the new Carl Rove Republican strategy.

Send Gov. Sarah Palin around the country whipping up the faithful with statements that Obama cavorts with terrorists. Then McCain gets to play the hero when he defends Obama from being called an Arab terrorist by another member of the Republican faithful.

Will the American public fall for the bait and switch? Time will tell.

— Joan Rupp, Seattle

Dream small

Obama is for the “American dream” — up to $250,000. Then, you’re done for.

— Barbara Atwood, Covington

True lies

In 1952, Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson said, “I’ve been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends, that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.”

I guess the names of politicians may change, but the tactics of political parties? Not so much.

— Don Franks, Burien

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