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January 19, 2013

Children, teens offer Obama suggestions for second term


“During his second term, I hope President Obama makes big changes so that my future and that of my peers will not be so uncertain, in turn making the future of America certain as well,” she concluded. 

Another avenue of economic revitalization was expressed by Casidy Korba.  “I would focus on giving more support to smaller businesses and create more technical jobs,” she said. 

“If I were president, the No. 1 issue I would work with is child hunger. I would help kids in this country get adequate nutrition before I focused my efforts on other countries,” stated Samantha Kahrs, another 10th-grader.

On another local and national issue, 10th-grader Ty Palmatier has this presidential goal:“I would focus on the disappearance of small family farms. The amount farmers pay for supplies is very high, yet their profit for selling their product is ridiculously small.”

Eighth-grader Maxwell Canoto explained, “Thinking about the Connecticut shootings, I would focus on the weapons that we have in the U.S. We should not have semi-automatic handguns in the U.S.” 

Another eighth-grader, Derek Firment, added his opinion on this issue as president: “I would focus on gun safety and sale laws.”

Schoolchildren’s compassion runs deep, as is clear with Alaine Henderson’s first goal as president. “I would help the homeless people that do not have jobs,” she said. Fellow eighth-grader Arie Brunson had a different goal in mind, saying “I would focus on rebuilding those places destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.”

Seventh-grade classmates Leeanne Williams and Alyshia Korba both stated: “I would find homes for all of the animals in the shelter and take stronger action against people that commit animal cruelty.” 

Kira Helmer, also in seventh grade, said,  “I would focus on having more American-made goods available in stores.”

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