Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations on your victory. I am positive that this country has made the right decision in electing you as our next president. I have faith in your abilities to lead us through these tough economic times and toward a brighter future. During your presidency, I would like to see American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan brought home, more job opportunities created to help ease the troubled economy, and a much greater effort to protect our environment.
I think it is very important that our soldiers be brought home. They are fighting a war that can’t be won. Over 4,200 Americans have lost their lives since this war began, and another 30,000 have been injured. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed and injured as well. In addition to the cost in human lives, we have spent trillions of dollars on a war that has destroyed our credibility around the world and increased anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East. Funding this ill-planned war has had a severe impact on our economy and forced us to cut spending in so many important areas, such as education and healthcare. America is supposed to stand for peace and justice. Yet, I find it hard to call America a peacekeeper while we fight an unjust war led by some of the most corrupt and scandalous people this country has ever seen.
We have to do something about the job situation in our country. The unemployment rate continued to increase through December and the impact that it is having on American families is staggering. I hope you will keep your promise to increase jobs by investing in healthcare, education and energy. By rebuilding the infrastructure in this country, focusing on disease prevention and looking for alternative energy sources, we can help Americans both physically and fiscally. The creation of green jobs will help stimulate the economy and save our planet.
Our environment is an issue of critical importance. “Drill, baby, drill” can no longer suffice as America’s energy policy. We need to rethink the way we do things. Automakers need to start producing more eco-friendly vehicles. We need to access new types of renewable energy; wind, solar, geothermal, tides etc. We can not stick to our old way of doing things if want a sustainable environment for future generations. When gas was
approaching $4.00 per gallon and we were starting to initiate some changes, oil prices dropped and the sense of urgency that we felt to reduce our consumption faded. We will become re-addicted to oil and this price drop will set us back once again. I hope you will institute a “real” energy policy that will carry us into the next century with as little negative impact on our environment as possible.
I appreciate your taking the time to hear my concerns and wish you all the best as you embark on your journey as President of these United States of America.
Brandon L. G.
Booker High Freshmen