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Kingman Letter: Not because he's a Democrat

Had someone asked me if I was voting for Barack Obama in the 2008 election simply because he was a Democrat, I would have said, "No. I am voting for him because he was a community organizer, and I believe he would make a good president."

Maybe, because I lived in a suburb of Chicago and knew about Obama's work, that helped form my decision to vote for him.

When I heard Sarah Palin and other Republicans making fun of Obama for being a community organizer, I thought that was despicable. How many everyday people actually knew what a community organizer did? Republicans made that job sound like a joke, a do-nothing job that couldn't possibly qualify Obama for the job as president of the United States, and that has resonated with Republicans to this day.

But they couldn't be more wrong.

As a community organizer on the south side of Chicago, Barack Obama found trouble spots within communities and found ways of fixing those problems. For instance, in one such "black" community, the summer-jobs program was unavailable to its residents. Obama was instrumental in getting a summer-jobs program for that area. Another problem he was instrumental in fixing was to force owners of an old housing developments to clean up the asbestos that would harm people. A community organizer is a voice for the less fortunate people who have no voice against big business, slum landlords, or anyone else who takes advantage of them. So who better to be president?

Obama grew up poor, not wealthy like Romney, so he has empathy for those who are struggling to get by. He has proven time and time again that he is working for us 98 percenters and the country, not just for the wealthy, big corporations, insurance companies, the oil industry and Wall Street like Romney and the Republicans are.

Lori Gabriel-Dane

Kingman

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