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November 10, 2008

It's time for change on embryonic stem cells

A new president brings hope on many fronts ("It's Obama," Nov. 5). For me, I am most hopeful about positive, forward-thinking change in our nation's stem cell research policy.

As someone with family members who have suffered from cancer and Parkinson's disease, I call on President-elect Barack Obama to take his support for embryonic stem cell research from the Senate to the White House and enact ethical and responsible federal policy so our nation's scientists can do their best work.

It's time to overturn the Bush ban.

Carol Blymire, Takoma Park

Why put limitations on first lady Obama?

As a fellow Minnesotan living in Maryland, I feel free to comment on Garrison Keillor's advice to Michelle Obama, that is, "don't watch the news," "bring up the family," "don't do too many interviews" and concentrate on making a home ("On this beautiful day, a few words for the happy couple," Commentary, Nov. 6). "Be like Laura Bush," he suggests. Don't be like Hillary Clinton and try to be "in charge of health care legislation."

This advice is given to a woman who attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Now she is to copy the do-nothing, say-nothing, think-nothing wives whose only job is to look adoringly at their husbands. But, Michelle, why not be like Hillary and introduce much-needed reforms? Why not use your education and brains to improve this world? Why not do something utterly fantastic, just as your husband has done?

B.A. Zalesky, Columbia

Stop blaming Bush for all that goes wrong

I am writing about "The Obama victory: What does it mean?" by Thomas F. Schaller (Commentary, Nov. 5), in which he blames President Bush for everything that has gone wrong in the last eight years, much of which wasn't his fault.

Liberals never blame the true villains, such as Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, for the mortgage meltdown. Mr. Bush did not cause the hurricane to hit New Orleans, nor did he cause the terrorist attacks on 9/11. What he can take credit for is that we haven't been attacked on our soil since that awful day.

He is an honorable man who deserves respect from all Americans because he is our president.

Elizabeth G. Brown, Woodstock

Obama restores faith of World War II veteran

As an 83-year-old World War II veteran, I have just experienced the most pride of my life for our country since we won that war ("It's Obama," Nov. 5). President-elect Barack Obama has restored my faith in my country to do what is necessary to recoup our great reputation.

Walter Boyd, Lutherville

Let both sides now rise above the bitter politics

Now that the election has come and gone, perhaps we can get back to being the best rather than the worst of us.

It does us, as a nation, little credit when the body politic is awash in vitriol and suspicion. I find it particularly enraging that as so many unfounded accusations were directed at Sen. Barack Obama, an even more poisonous stream of invective was directed at President Bush, whom I still regard as a decent man who made a great many mistakes.

Still, we have much to celebrate: first and foremost, the peaceful and orderly transition of power through a system that still works better than any other on the planet. Second, I can think of no other nation on the planet where a member of a racial minority could rise to the highest office in the land with the support of an electorate that includes members of virtually every racial, religious and ethnic group on Earth.

God bless America!

Alan Walden, Baltimore

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