2008-09-19 / Letters

Obama Better Qualified

Dear Editor,

In his column, From the Editor's Desk, Howard Schwach found neither major presidential candidate meets the high standards we rightly set for the highest office in the greatest nation in the world.

I agree that John McCain's philosophy and experience is not consistent with our nation's current needs. When the national debt and annual deficit have reached unprecedented levels, McCain urges further tax cuts that he once vigorously opposed.

As banking and mortgage giants teeter and fall, we need a steady hand on the federal regulatory agencies that should protect all Americans from irresponsible actions by banks, insurance companies and brokerages. John McCain has stated that he has little economic knowledge. He did, however, illegally intervene with federal regulators on behalf of the owner, (along with four other prominent politicians, the Keating Five) of a failing savings and loan company. While the others are all out of government, or deceased, Sen. McCain is not an appropriate choice to guide our economy.

With women finally credible candidates for our highest office, Sen. McCain wants government officials to be able to deny women and their doctors the right to decide the most private and painful decisions of their lives.

Barak Obama does not have experience in the Bush administration. How fortunate we are that Dick Cheney is not the candidate. Obama does have experience in New York (Colombia University), Harvard Law, Hawaii, and the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, the Illinois legislature and the U.S. Senate.

One hundred and forty years ago another young man came out of Illinois. He had only one two year term in Congress. He lost his seat after questioning our reasons for the Mexican War. He lost a Senate race to a more experienced politician. He did not fit the image many voters had of an American president.

Abraham Lincoln went on to win the presidential election, the Civil War, reunite our divided nation and initiate a period of rapid economic growth. Perhaps another eloquent young man from Illinois can follow in his footsteps.

A local newspaper does not have the resources to examine all the major issues at stake in this election in detail. There are some federal issues of particular interest to peninsula residents that have not received sufficient attention from the major candidates.

Where do the candidates stand on replenishment of beach sand, air traffic over densely populated urban areas, public access to urban national parks, efficient postal service, improvement of mass transit and ferries and an end to gun trafficking in high crime urban communities? Active supporters of each candidate should be willing to assist in obtaining answers.

NORMAN SILVERMAN

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