In March of this year, my job in Columbia was terminated, and the nationally known design center in which I worked closed after being open in the same location for almost 40 years. It was one of many company closures throughout the country. You can see the building still vacant along with so many others in this town. Today, I am one of nearly 20,000 people in Missouri without the security of a job.
The United States will go to the polls to elect a new president on Nov. 4. Before we go to the polls, let's have a conversation about how our lives here in mid-Missouri will be impacted.
Tell us: How will Columbia be affected by the next president?
Submissions will be printed at ColumbiaMissourian.com and in the Missourian during the week of Oct. 19. All we ask is that you sign your name and provide a telephone number (not printed; just there in case we have a question).
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Postal delivery: Letter to Editor, P.O. Box 917, Columbia, MO 65205
This week I helplessly saw my savings, those which should be for my retirement in 14 years, evaporate and heard that money I'll pay through taxes will now go toward paying off the debts of large corporations. This does not make sense for the middle class, of which I am a part.
I am voting for Barack Obama because he truly knows that it's time to stop having our soldiers go to Iraq and spending billions a month there and giving tax breaks to those with gross amounts of money. I believe him when he says his administration will cut taxes on middle class families and reduce health care premiums. I believe that senior citizens will be honored again through tax relief and that privatizing Social Security is not a good idea. Obama's foreign policies, domestic policies, energy policies and so much more demonstrate beliefs that I share; ones that exhibit that our United States can and should be better than it is now or would be under John McCain.
I believe that putting "country first" is demonstrated by selecting a running mate, like Joe Biden, who is educated in issues facing the United States of America and the nations on this planet. It scares me that John McCain chose (or was told to choose) Sarah Palin. He has the military mentality of "winning," rather than putting country first, as his ultimate goal! I think of all the immigrant ancestors of the youth of our country, those who have fought so bravely in wars past, and how ludicrous it is to have Sarah Palin in a position of power.Someone who speaks like a sitcom actress and insinuates that members of the middle class drink six cans of beer a night should not be successor to the president of the United States. This is MY country and McCain/Palin do not represent me or the values I have as a woman, Christian and American citizen. I am offended in so many ways by the hatred and sarcastic ways of the McCain campaign.
I refuse to be silent anymore! I refuse to be suffocated by the old attitudes and hateful tactics! It is time for intelligent leadership, which Obama and Biden will deliver. They don't just tell us what we want to hear, or put a pretty face on it, they tell us what we all must do to help ourselves and country. We can start healing by electing them president and vice president of the United States.