Half the country is elated, and half the country is depressed after the elections. Congratulations to the winner — I hope history proves him right.
While my candidate lost, I find solace in having seen, once again, the virtues and blessings of a representative democracy and of a country where its people can individually disagree and yet collectively coalesce for the benefit of us all.
Arturo H. Tigera, Miami
NOW THAT congressional Republicans have so ably contributed to the fact that they no longer have to fear enacting legislation that could help reelect President Obama, perhaps they can take up discussing the American Jobs Act, which has languished in the House of Representatives for more than a year now, and which would help in renewing the nation’s infrastructure. Just as any American car owner knows that there comes a time when it is more economical to replace an old car when the cost of repairs exceed the cost of a new one, especially when finance costs are low, it pays to replace and use the money saved in patching up old infrastructure to cover the cost of the new. In the interest of reducing debt, Congress should give no thought to the estimated 2 million jobs that such a step might provide, but rather to the financial savings to our nation’s economy.
Herb Wolfson, Bal Harbour
THE MITT Romney that entered the Republican Primary was the real voice of hope and change as well as the re-unification that America so desperately needs. The Gingrich, Bachman, Santorum, and Tea Party radicals destroyed his candidacy. Obama and American values did not win this election, right wing radical Republicans lost. The Romney that entered the primary had my vote, the Romney that evolved forced this patriot to vote for Obama. Obama is terrible, but Republicans are worse.
Jeffrey Fichtelberg, Miami Beach
THE PEOPLE of good will triumphed over the lies, dirty tricks, vote-suppression tactics, vile money and general ill will shown by those in the opposition. Now, let’s now work to help President Obama get the country back on track!
Graciela Catasus, Miami Beach
GOP, NEXT time, brief your candidate clearly that birth control, gay marriage and minority rights are here to stay. Religion, while a factor in the founding of this country, is now a divisive risk in politics. And welfare, while sometimes misused, is popular with some of whom you are not.
Instead, focus on describing how the original American Dream, one that is based on strength and drive of the individual, still has a place here, and getting a fair shake means everyone has an equal chance to achieve greatness.
Tell us how you’re going to run the country in a way that makes it a healthy, safe and economically sound place for our kids, and show us that you’ll represent us to other countries in a way that makes us proud to be an American.
Your 2016 strategic framework? Done. No consulting fee required. Until then, you can find my name in the binder entitled “Target.”
Andrea Joan Wilson, Miami
I’M A Wisconsin voter. I watched reports of the long, slow-moving lines in many Florida precincts on Election Day. Some people stood in line for as long as seven hours, determined to stick it out, casting a ballot even though President Obama had already been declared the winner by the media.
Florida’s governor, like ours, did whatever he could to discourage and intimidate voters. But, those of you who stayed in line did not let anyone or anything silence you. You may not think so, but I think you are heroes. I think you are what democracy looks like, and we in Wisconsin know it when we see it! Thank you for your dedication.
Sheila Plotkin, McFarland, Wis.