Obama Fan Jilted

I find your Clinton/Richardson ’08 Ticket Prediction (among July 25’s debate coverage) to be premature and irresponsible. This election has mobilized young voters who are now energized to change the direction of this country and are supporting Sen. Barack Obama because they see the total disaster that we older voters have created for them. The Obama campaign has had a staffed presence in Charleston since mid-April. There are more than 400 local, active volunteers (not including the rest of the Lowcountry). There is already an active Women for Obama branch here in Charleston of more than 60 women and I am proud to have been the first. Our young people watch daily as our troops are killed, maimed, and dismembered in a war that was based on lies and manipulation of intelligence, not to mention tens of thousands of Iraqis dead and more than two million Iraqis who have had to leave their country and live in Refugee Camps in neighboring countries. Osama Bin Laden is still free and the Taliban and Al Qaeda have regrouped and now pose a stronger threat to the United States than before 9/11. They see college tuition rising and loan companies making billions of dollars at their expense. They see jobs being outsourced, gas and food prices rising, the environment being polluted, and a corrupt and secretive administration that has trampled on the bedrock of our country — the Constitution. They see Bechtel, Halliburton, Blackwater, and the oil companies making billions of dollars in profits from this war. Since the debate, Barack Obama has shown that he will stand up against the Clinton political machine and has proven that he is more than ready to take the helm on Jan. 20, 2009. Barack Obama is more than a candidate; he is a man who understands that our country needs to change politics as usual. He is a brilliant man who understands the struggles and challenges of all of us, not only because of who he is but also from where he has come. If you don’t know Barack Obama the man, I implore you to read his book, The Audacity of Hope. Barack Obama is our country’s hope and the candidate who offers the most reasonable and thoughtful solutions to the problems that confront us at this most critical time in our country’s history.

Ilene Kahn

Mt. Pleasant

Clean Air, Good Times

As a resident of the Town of James Island I rarely stand up for Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston City Council, but I must take exception to the “Smoking Mad” letter published in your July 25 edition.

First of all I am thrilled to death to be able to go out and listen to live music again, having stopped once I finally realized just how deadly secondhand smoke is.

Second, Mayor Riley and City Council didn’t just decide to remove smoker’s imaginary rights arbitrarily. They were responding to overwhelming demand from their constituents to enact this protection from secondhand smoke and nicotine addicts.

That’s right, letter writer, it’s not the government that is out to get you but the overwhelming majority of your fellow citizens who have had enough of not being able to go out because of your drug habit and lack of consideration.

If you wish to kill yourself with your drug habit go right ahead, all the more Social Security for the rest of us, but the days when you can get away with sickening and killing the non-smoking majority with your stupid habit are over in the City of Charleston, and hopefully soon in the surrounding areas.

And by the way Charleston is hardly the first to enact a smoking ban, over half the citizens of the USA are now protected by law from secondhand smoke.

Fred Bombelyn

James Island

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