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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Sep 25, 2008

To the EDN:

Like many Americans, I can’t wait for the elections to be over. The ever present tactics of fear and smear permeate the airwaves (I’m very thankful for the web site: www.factcheck.org ). The stakes are high and the problems facing our next President keep mounting; the war in Iraq (you know the one that started in Afghanistan to go after Bin Laden and others actually responsible for 9/11), the record deficit, government scandals, home loan crisis, the bailouts for AIG, Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, and a Congress that only gets things done after there’s a crisis.

But I’m seeing something new this election cycle, someone offering hope and change. It was so amazing to watch the acceptance speeches of both candidates for President and to contrast what each had to say. My sister sent my brother and me an email the evening that Barack Obama made his acceptance speech and I later obtained her permission to quote it:

“On this historic day, I hope that you are taking time off to talk to your kids about what this day means. Forty-five years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. My friend Adele and other people I know were there to hear him. Tonight we have the first person of African descent giving his acceptance speech as candidate for U.S. President. In September, I am going to the wedding of my friend and her partner because non-heterosexuals can now get married in California. I feel hopeful today that perhaps many of the things in which I believe and on which I have been working for so long may come to fruition, perhaps even in my lifetime. And hopefully certainly in your children’s lifetimes.”

As I reflect on these words, I can’t help but think on what this great country was founded, religious freedom (tolerance). Then I start to wonder why so many Americans feel they have the right to make all of us live by their beliefs, have we not learned from our own past? Can anyone explain to me how two women (or two men) getting married changes their (traditional) marriage? While they’re at it, can they explain why they fight so hard to stop others from obtaining a legal abortion while offering no solution to unwanted pregnancies other than abstinence and at the same time they support a war where we have killed tens of thousands of women and children? And my favorite, why do so many support the tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year when our deficit has reached a new record? I know I’m held accountable if I don’t take in more than I spend, shouldn’t our government do the same?

So I ask you to think about these same issues and decide what you’d like our future to be and vote accordingly come Nov. 4.

E. John Wittneben

Estherville