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Country needs both ‘wings’ in order to fly


Dear Editor,

I feel compelled to add to the recent comments on the candidates for president.

I consider myself to be an independent, having voted for candidates of both major parties. One democratic primary candidate made a comment that has stuck with me: An eagle has two wings, a right wing and a left wing. It needs both in order to fly. That pretty much summarizes my beliefs.

Catherine Minolli made some good points in her column 'Loose change, small change, no change' in the Sept. 17th issue. To add to her comments, I am not interested in discussing Sarah Palin's hairstyle or her choice of glasses. I am not interested in whether some talk show folks think Barack Obama is sexy. I am not looking for a rock star for president or vice president. I am not interested in negative talk about John McCain's experience as a POW. Like many other negative comments about Vietnam veterans, most of this criticism comes from people who haven't a clue. I don't believe those serving in the military today are held to the standards of behavior that were in place during the Vietnam war. It is doubtful many could endure torture of the nature John McCain endured without breaking. I am not interested in comments suggesting John McCain is senile. The other candidates have made misstatements or erroneous remarks without age or senility being blamed. I am not interested in good speeches, more empty promises or solutions based on throwing good money after bad.

I am also tired of hearing what a horrible country this is. America, the land of opportunity. So many chances to make ourselves better. Squandered for partisan bickering. Many have fought hard and died to give us opportunities for improvement. If we have failed, we have only ourselves to blame. I also believe that whoever is elected to the office of president in this historic election, it will be a step forward in our growth as a civilized people.

Susan Sam, Imlay City
September 24, 2008

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