Environmental and Economic Concerns

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.

Sincerely,

Brandon L. G.

Booker High Freshmen

Sarasota, Florida

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5 responses to “Environmental and Economic Concerns

  1. I’m hppy that we’ve finally gotten a smart president. One who actuall y cares about what the whole nation thinks an d doesn’t just makes decisions based on what he believes should be done and then starts a war a nd doesn’t know how to resolve it. We need more jobs open so our citiznes don’t go over the edge do stress over unemployment. Thank the lord! There’s now someone smart in the chair.
    -Shanice C. Blck.2a

  2. I’m happy that we’ve finally gotten a smart president. One who actuall y cares about what the whole nation thinks an d doesn’t just makes decisions based on what he believes should be done and then starts a war a nd doesn’t know how to resolve it. We need more jobs open so our citiznes don’t go over the edge do stress over unemployment. Thank the lord! There’s now someone smart in the chair.
    -Shanice C. Blck.2b

  3. I’m glad that a dream I had when I was a kid has finally come true. An African American person has finally won a election to be president. I will forever remember this day throughout my life. Keep up the good work Obama!

  4. I can see where you are coming from when you say that our soldiers should come back. But where they are at this moment is going to make or break America. And I know that it may seem broken already, but it can still get much much worse. If we give Iraq too much leash, they will strangle us with it. I wish more than anyone that our soldiers could come back, but in my opinion these solddiers became soldiers knowing well that this very sad fact was coming. The fact that they might never come back. On the other hand, I completely agree with you on the fact that Obama should do something about the unemployment rate. The only thing i could see him doing is donate money to businesses. and that would mean alot of moey to alot of businesses around the world. And the way our economy is going, that ain’t happening. So for my last comment, I LOVED what you said about new recources and new energies. That is something America has long overdone in a way harmful to our world and harmful to our economy. Gas is a poison that we thought could work for us in the long run. But the only thing gas did for us in the long run was cost us all millions. Gas is gas. Gas is suposed to be poisonous. I say we leave it that way and stop using it like it’s good for us.

  5. What well written letters to the President these are. Your voices come across clearly and passionately. Your opinions are well support with facts. Use this as a life lesson to be socially responsible by thoughtfully expressing your opinions, in writing, to appropriate parties. You are lucky to have such a creative and progressive thinking teachers.

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