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Letters to Editor

Voices Being Heard

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 23

On Tuesday, November 6, many hearts were racing and fingers crossed in hopes that our preferred presidential candidate wins the election to progressively change our nation for the better. It has been a week since the 2012 Presidential Elections and many are still discussing how Florida declared President Obama the winner four days after Election Day.

This year’s Presidential Election was a close call which ultimately came down to electoral votes in Ohio. Once Ohio’s votes were accounted for, it became evident that our current President of the United States Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would be serving their second term.

As young democratic minority females who are social work graduate students, we feel that the right person won the election. The election results were of great satisfaction and joy to us and it is a relief that President Obama was re-elected for another four years.

President Obama being re-elected for a second term brings hope to many minorities of the United States of America with the continuance of social welfare programs for those in need.

Programs that were sure to be cut or defunded such as Planned Parenthood will also be given the opportunity to continue providing services to women in need. We see more opportunities in the future for ourselves and many others after graduation in the work force.

Obama’s decisive victory was unexpected and very telling. The results of the election showed that the county values the opportunity for change more than it fears any current economic or employment issues. It has been a difficult four years and we can be hopeful that growth will continue with President Obama in the office.

President Obama’s sincerity and compassion for the people of the United States has given those Americans hope for a brighter future under his leadership.

Adriana Jimenez, Denise Betters, Jessica Lyons, Nancy Trinh, and Unique Hayes — Graduate Students, CSULB School of Social Work


The letter from the young democratic minority female graduate students aspiring to be social workers provides a glimpse into why Barack Obama was re-elected and the liberal college environment. I’m sure these young women are nice people. Gullible and naive, but nice.

First of all, Planned Parenthood will not go away if federal funding stops. Planned Parenthood easily supports itself financially, but that’s not what you were led to believe, right? War on women? Sure.

How nice it must be to aspire to help people with other people’s money. And what about those who lost good paying jobs, lost their homes and are now wandering parking lots looking for enough money to pay for another nights stay in a motel? Casualties of a disastrous 4 years of bad economic policy, aka hope and change.
I have met a couple of folks like this. They hate this President. I am not talking about drug addicts and drunks.

To suggest that re-electing President Obama’s failed “hope and change tour” is tantamount to the suffering of millions of Americans is absurd. Who taught this? The college professors these students interact with? Since when was it acceptable that others will simply have to pay a personal price, because we naively believe a politicians professionally crafted campaign slogan? Talk about the dumbing down of America. Folks, we are witnessing it live.

I counted five signers to this letter. Stats say that only 2-3 of these students will even find a job in this wonderful land of hope and change.

Robert Van der Upwich