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posted: 2/9/2010 12:01 AM

We'll prosper when basic needs are met

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I am not a Democrat or Republican. I pride myself on choosing the best people, not the "party" people when supporting someone's ideas. I am supporting our president as an American. His heart and mind are in the right place.

Please do not be led by the people who are shouting to get attention when reporting news on the "real feel" of the people. We quiet, everyday, Americans are becoming desperate while keeping things running as usual ... trying to be patient and expecting those we have elected to do the right thing, but it isn't happening.

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Please make note that I am in favor of the following initiatives that are currently on the table in the legislature via the suggestion of our executive branch:

•Infuse the middle class with the opportunity to continue to be the strength of our country. This means keeping them (us) working. Give financial help to small businesses via the community banks, and credit unions. The money should be used to hire more people (being sure to make it real hires not temporary until businesses receive their tax breaks) I am also OK with giving breaks on capital gains they may earn because of expansion. Rebuilding our infrastructure is key to this.

• Keep banks in line by making them follow rules of decency ... like the rest of us have to do.

• Make it possible to fund the community colleges to educate the people in a new workplace environment. Without education we are nowhere.

• And, most importantly, make sure that people are able to have health care available to them. Our country will prosper when we are free from the worry of our basic needs, offering the opportunity to be free to be creative and productive.

Gail McPike

Carol Stream

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