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November 27, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Barack Obama and “change”

And it goes on and on

Will the bigotry never end? The election of the first nonwhite man to the highest office in our government was a heartening development and an amazing step forward toward the justice, equality and fairness our government promises to respect in all it’s people. Yet the story in Monday’s paper [“Attacks against Latinos increasing, FBI reports,” Nation & World, Nov. 24] about increased hate crimes against Latinos in this country brought me right down from the high of pride I was feeling after Nov. 4.

Can we only accept new people into the American identity by moving our blame, bigotry and hate onto other people? Are we not capable of including without excluding? In this nation of immigrants, what possesses anyone to think that they are more entitled here than anyone else?

— Morgan Michel-Schottman, Seattle

Break the cookie jar

Dear President-elect Barack Obama,

Where did you go? Stand up and be who and what you said we need.

My vision for this country was your leadership and representation. I worked hard for you for quite a long time, and all that time only asked that you be a president who will be who he says he is and do his best to accomplish what he has promised.

Now, I am losing faith before you are even in office. I see one campaign platform and position after another being rolled back and caved in. I see you moving to the trickle-down, supply-side economics you promised to leave behind. I see you pushing back the promised rollback for tax cuts, and beginning to endorse increasing budget deficits.

Where did you go? Stand up and be who and what you said we need. I know there can be only one president at a time, but I am beginning to fear that when you finally take office, a good deal of the change is going to be left in the cookie jar.

That won’t taste good at all.

— Douglas Orton, Des Moines

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