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Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2008 8:18 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I’ve been in the employment field for 30 years. On Sept. 15, the stock market dropped 500 points. People are going to lose jobs. Arizonans lost jobs before; in the late 1980s savings and loan crisis, the dot-com bust, and the sub-prime mortgage crisis. This time it is going to be much worse.

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Recession not imagined

I’ve been in the employment field for 30 years. On Sept. 15, the stock market dropped 500 points. People are going to lose jobs. Arizonans lost jobs before; in the late 1980s savings and loan crisis, the dot-com bust, and the sub-prime mortgage crisis. This time it is going to be much worse.

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I am angry with John McCain. Why? Because Phil Gramm, who pushed legislation that allowed the investment and mortgage crises to happen; has been McCain’s right-hand man on economic policies. He called Americans “a nation of whiners,” claiming the crisis is “a mental recession.”

Today, as 20 years ago, McCain is aligned with a key figure in a financial crisis that affects hard-working families. Twenty years ago, McCain was part of the infamous “Keating Five”; Charles Keating’s fraudulent activities contributed to the S&L crisis. As economic disaster strikes, McCain claims “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” His advisors helped create this meltdown!

I have studied Barack Obama’s economic policies. He’ll pass a middle-class tax cut giving 95 percent of working Americans tax relief up to $1,000. By cracking down on predatory lenders and corporations that send American jobs overseas, he can help solve our economic crisis.

LINDA BAUGH

SCOTTSDALE

Palin stands up to media

I think Sarah Palin did a wonderful job in the vice presidential debate defending herself to a biased media and portraying her admiration and respect for her running mate. I think the world can now make decisions to actually take her seriously and just vote for the best candidates that fit their principles.

Thank God we live in a society where a women can run for vice president, and where we can actually look up the facts for ourselves over the issues.

JANELLE CHIRICUZIO

GILBERT

McCain definitely religious

In the Sept. 21 Perspective article, “Painting Palin,” columnist Karen Heller wrote that among other unflattering attributes, Sen. John McCain is “irreligious.” I hope she had the chance to see the interview with the senator (which took place at the senator’s Sedona home) that was shown on “60 Minutes.” McCain came across to me as anything but “irreligious.” He spoke candidly of his father’s battle with alcoholism, and said that he remembered seeing his father praying aloud on his knees twice a day — a sight that seemed to have had a strong impact on him at that time, and even to this day. McCain also spoke of becoming more aware of his own Judeo-Christian religious convictions while a prisoner of war, during which time he prayed — not for the courage and strength to last another week, or another day, or even another hour, but for just one more minute. Many turn to their faith fervently for support during times of emotional stress and physical distress. I remember the expression during World War II that “there are no atheists in foxholes.” I believe that being a prisoner of war could cause a person to turn to his God for comfort.

DANIEL J. O’MAHONEY

PHOENIX

Some voters need change

I have carefully read all of the recent letters regarding the “D.C. Bunch,” bumper stickers and all the rest. However, my comment is relative to my pantry, my gas tank and my house payment. If all of you letter writers supporting the current administration and McCain/Palin are better off now than eight years ago — hooray for you! I am definitely not, and therefore am ready for a real change. All the focus on Sarah Palin is merely to take the attention off the real issues facing us right now that Karl Rove and others in control do not want us to concentrate on. I, for one, am voting for change.

Barack Obama can’t do any worse than what’s happened with the “Bush doctrine,” whatever that is, and I believe he and his experienced team will deliver some much-needed fresh policies and hope for the future. Otherwise we may be headed down a very dangerous, slippery slope.

SHARON BELKO

FOUNTAIN HILLS

THE ECONOMY

Wall Street’s ties to Bush

The stock market tanks. The bailout is announced and is placed in the hands of an economic czar not elected to anything but who comes from Wall Street. Congress and the presidential candidates step in and say, “Hold on there, we are not going to give you thieving scoundrels another $700 billion without the ability to monitor and control and some help for those on Main Street.” The market tanks again. That says a great deal. Now 98 percent of the country knows where it stands with the Bush administration and the oligarchs who run the country.

AL BOLDING

GILBERT

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