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November 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Third-party candidates

Solution to the equation

Regarding the glow and wonder of what President-elect Barack Obama has achieved, yes, it is quite amazing; but I have to express my utmost respect for the third-party candidates who ran this year.

I especially think of Ralph Nader. I think Nader is right-on regarding his concern that Obama isn’t speaking about the down-and-out in our society and may end up serving the corporations first and foremost. What else have we seen in the past 30 years from those candidates who put their own re-election and fundraising ahead of the good of the people?

That’s why Nader runs — to bring attention to what’s still wrong with our democratic equation that isn’t adding up for many invisible Americans, and won’t, until the folks in power start putting them first.

The middle class has definitely had it rough, and many of them are falling out of that category.

I don’t believe Nader is ego-driven at all. He is driven by the urge to help people who have no voice.

It remains to be seen if Obama will give them one. Nader is quite blunt, but I admire this quality, given the fuzzy, spineless double-talk we’re usually expected to endure.

— Roxie Phinn, Bremerton

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