Robert Lohman of Bartonville, Il. wrote this "letter to the editors" of the JS on 2/21/08. With his permission I am putting his letter on my site for others outside of our area to read. I've never met Mr.Lohman but he and I seem to think pretty much alike. Mr. Lohman wrote "A to-do list for the next president":
Encourage private business to start rebuilding our rail transportation. Thousands of new jobs would be created.
Build new oil refineries.
Drill for oil in the West, in Alaska, off shore and anywhere else we can find it .
Get the EPA (and I add, the radical environmentalists and our U.S. Department of Land Use off our backs)
Get the federal government out of the school business and leave these affairs up to the state (I add local communities).
If people smoke and cannot afford medical insurance, then they should not be eligible for federal medical assistance for the purchase of insurance. If they can afford $300 and up for cigarettes per month, then they can afford insurance.
No more free medical insurance for illegal aliens. When they come to emergency rooms for treatment, they should be taken care of and deported. No more free anything for illegals.
If a child is born in this country to an illegal, then he or she should not (automatically) become an American citizen. How and when did this get started?
Finally, we need to move away from our trek toward socialism and in November elect a president who will give more attention to the American taxpayer and do what is good for the U.S.A.
Well stated, Mr. Lohman. Unfortunately, the person closest to that platform who is running for the office of President of the United States of America, is John McCain and he is a long ways from being the person I would like to see as president of this country. McCain still gets my vote.
Mr. Lohman wrote another letter to the editors printed in the JS on 5/3 "Promises and political ploys", about the pandering to the uniformed about the foolishness of abolishing the federal gas tax. This tax is supposed to go to keep up the maintenance of our federal highway system. That money would need be captured in some other form of federal tax.
And the oil companies would merely raise their prices to bridge the savings gap. A bad idea, Schock and McCain. Obama finally got one thing right from his political advisers.
We need more informed people like Mr. Lohman to make his feeling known and to help this country survive and progress as most of us really would like.