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Students weigh in on politics, war in Afghanistan, Iraq
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Obama’s tax policies not the best way to help people

Dear Editor:
On Sept. 9, on the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly interviewed Sen. Barack Obama. In this interview, Obama and O’Reilly were on the topic of taxes. Obama gave a terrible example of what he plans to do to the rich—people who make more than $250,000 a year. Obama said, “If I am sitting pretty and you got a waitress making minimum wage plus tips and I can afford it and she can’t, what’s the big deal for me to say I’m going to pay a little bit more, that is neighborliness.”

This statement is a joke. Saying you have the grace to give a waitress a little extra money is okay. There is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with being neighborly. But what Obama wants to do with taxes reminds me of Robin Hood — basically stealing money from the rich and giving it to the less fortunate. You just can’t steal money from people, no matter what you’re using it for. There would be nothing wrong for Obama to hold a fundraiser to help the less fortunate.

So overall, Obama wants to take more money than necessary from people if he gets to be president. That is being unfair to the rich. I understand he’s trying to help the less fortunate, but you have to do it a different way.  We need a president who understands this.

Caleb Poppell


War focus should have been Afghanistan, Pakistan

Dear Editor:
As 12-year-olds, people often assume that our views on politics and current events are underdeveloped. I would like to make it clear that our views — at least some of ours — are quite thorough. We are in an evolving world, and must be considered a part of it.

In my opinion, we should not have even gone to Iraq. In 2001, we sent troops to the Middle East to combat terrorism. As such, we should have focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, but no. Troops are being deployed — and dying — in Iraq, but that’s not the worst part. If we pull out now, Iran is going to take over the nation (do you hear that, Obama?).

This war is not going to end any time soon.  As much as I hate for people to die, retreating now won’t be good for the long run. Remember Vietnam? We sprang that trap once, and it looks like we’re doing it again.

Liam Bendig
SEMS student