Do not sit this one out

As the election approaches: Please vote. As a nation, we cannot survive another four years under the current—or similar type—administration. We need Obama.

We have been continually warned of terrorist threats (with untold spending to prevent them). Meanwhile, corporate greed, deregulation and total lack of leadership and intervention have brought America to its knees. … Unfortunately, the citizens of this country went about their day-to-day lives, oblivious until it was too late. President Bush is responsible, but he is not alone. Find out how our N.C. representatives voted on the policies that have resulted in this disastrous state of affairs—and vote accordingly.

You do not have to be an economist to realize the answer to our financial crisis is not to continue bailing out or giving more money to the very men who have failed us so miserably. The only way to bring about lasting change and reverse the downward spiral is to return jobs to the American people—real jobs. Reopen textile mills; make clothing and furniture in our state. We need to use our own resources and actually produce something again. … Being employed allows people to maintain a decent standard of living and helps maintain the social fabric that keeps us strong. It also contributes to the tax structure, pays mortgages and supports for the local economy.

We need to demand change in energy sources. The oil industry—and profit—is a huge issue in itself.

The war in Iraq was a mistake from the beginning. We continue to sacrifice our young people’s lives and spend billions of U.S. dollars that we need in our own country. The government of Iraq needs to use its own resources to stabilize that country.

McCain is clearly not the fighter he claims to be. In Michigan, where unemployment is astronomical, the people want answers. Instead of addressing their concerns, he just pulled out. In the face of adversity, his response is to bail out. For all our sakes—get involved and stay involved. Vote.

— Sheree Fallen
Asheville

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