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October 22, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Presidential politics

Yalonda M. James/Charlotte Observer/MCT

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain reacts to the crowd while taking the stage to speak at a rally in Concord, N.C., on Saturday.

Change you can’t invest in

Editor, The Times:

A survey of 751 heads of major corporations by Chief Executive magazine in September found that 80 percent support Sen. John McCain for president. Further, 74 percent said that they fear a Sen. Barack Obama presidency “would be disastrous” for the country while only 19 percent fear McCain becoming president.

These business leaders stated they believe Obama’s plans for the economy, including huge-spending programs, tax increases on businesses and massive transfers of wealth “would bankrupt the country within three years if implemented.”

Is there a correlation between how the stock market continues to plunge at the same time Obama’s poll numbers rise? You bet.

This is one of the reasons those of us on the “right,” who have owned, or managed, businesses believe this to be the case. We are very concerned that with Obama at the helm, our 232-year-old society based upon free enterprise and individual responsibility will be inexorably wound down into a managed socialist state.

Who wants to invest in that environment? Wake up America: Is this the “change” you want?

— Robert Johnston, Camano Island

Powell for president

I am an independent voter who was transfixed by Gen. Colin Powell’s speech Sunday on “Meet The Press.” However, my fascination was not for Powell’s endorsement or for either of the candidates for the presidency.

Instead, my thoughts drifted back to the elections eight years ago. Somehow, the best leader for America escaped us then and now. Powell once again was demonstrating the depth of his character, inclusive validation of his considerations, extensive foundation of his principles, sincere dedication for our country’s interests and deep intellectual sagacity.

Every one of his words were perfectly chosen and encouraging in their clearness and purpose. How do we let such leaders slip through our fingers? Powell would have made a great president for America anytime, especially now.

— Harvey Gillis, Bellevue

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