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January 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama in office

Stop pointing fingers

It’s time to stop the infighting between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives [“Speech evokes fightin’ words,” Times, News, Jan. 23]. It’s time to look around: Our county is in deep financial trouble and morale is low.

Many of our neighbors are losing their homes and jobs and it is bound to get worse before we can turn this mess we are in around. It isn’t a time to stand pointing fingers at who’s to blame; it’s a time to come together and support this wonderful country of ours.

I say quit looking for ways to make President Obama wrong and stand beside him, at least giving him and Congress a chance to make healthy changes. It is our lives and those of our children that we are fighting for.

If the only thing the Bush administration can find to say about Obama’s inaugural speech is that he discredited Bush, they missed all he seemed to be trying to say to lift our spirits and offer hope.

Right now, we need hope.

Remember “one nation, under God”? It would be good to stop and ponder what our Founding Fathers meant when they wrote these words.

— Nancy Cole, Mountlake Terrace

Talking is not doing

Sacrifice is not progress, and we the people are the ones who can and must make progress happen [“The new president’s challenge: sacrifice we can believe in,” Peter Cannavo and Karen Liftin, guest columnists, Jan. 25].

It is easy to say everyone cannot have the American dream — it assumes there are those in the world who will expect others to provide it for them. But, talk is not action; we know what must be done, and we have trained people who not only can save airline passengers, they want to work to ensure a lifestyle.

As soon as we have a financial sector that can see beyond short-term profits generated by “voodoo economics,” things will start to happen. It will be about time, for we have already wasted two generations.

— Hugh Coleman, Kelso

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