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LETTERS

November 15, 2008

Obama's supporters aren't 'worshipers'

In response to Ron Smith's column "Here's hoping the Obama worshipers are right" (Commentary, Nov. 12), I am a Barack Obama supporter. I did a little work for his campaign, I contributed a little money to it and I voted for him.

I am not a "worshiper." Barack Obama is not a God or a saint. He is a human being just like you and me, and he is capable of making mistakes just like you and me. I respect his leadership skills and his values. I am happy and surprised that he got elected, but I do not expect miracles. If his decisions are less flawed than our current president's, we'll all be better for it.

Allison Fletcher, Baldwin

Those of us who support Barack Obama are not "worshipers" - just ordinary people believing in an honest man's desire to rebuild confidence, honor and world respect for our beloved United States of America. The millions of votes in Mr. Obama's favor proved we were indeed united!

Grace Y. Jones, Baltimore

I am 93 years old, and I have a very clear memory of the days leading up to the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as president. Yes, I was among the millions of Roosevelt "worshipers."

I was only 17, ineligible to vote, in 1932, but I worked hard after work and weekends for FDR's decisive victory. In those days, there was a much longer lag between the election and the time the president took office. There were days upon days of vilification and dire forecasts of the type Ron Smith brings out in his Nov. 12 column ("Here's hoping the Obama worshipers are right").

I voted for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, my first and only Republican vote, never feeling that I was going to be part of ushering in an unproven radical conservative. Apparently that kind of thinking would be too big a leap for some people, including Mr. Smith.

Raymond A. Werbe, Baltimore

Sun's pro-Obama bias continues after vote

So it's not enough that The Baltimore Sun and the rest of the media tried their best to influence people to a Barack Obama win. Now the paper is running ads for people to send in their congratulatory notes to President-elect Obama.

I wonder, if Sen. John McCain had won the election, would The Sun run ads so people could send in congratulatory notes to him?

The countdown to Mr. Obama's being sworn in and President George W. Bush's exit is a nice touch too.

I, for one, am getting tired of The Sun's obvious left-wing bias.

Damon M. Costantini, Catonsville

Hoping for change at transit agency

Transit planning in Baltimore is a real mess, thanks mostly to the Federal Transit Administration, which grudgingly doles out money for transit. Under the Bush administration, the FTA hews closely to the Bush policy of anti-rail, pro-bus, maximum-petroleum-use transit.

Consequently, the two modes most suitable for Baltimore - trolley buses and streetcars - are not even being considered in planning the Red Line. As they are denied the facts about modern streetcars, citizens become fearful of them and demand that the light rail line be put underground, thereby running the cost up so high that the FTA can happily deny it as being too expensive ("Red Line hits a wall," June 14).

I hope our new president will reform the FTA as he repairs other damage done to our country by the current president.

George Tyson, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Baltimore Area Transit Association.

Better understanding of migraines' misery

Holly Selby's article "Migraines can cause debilitating pain" (Nov. 10) accurately captured many of the symptoms I have experienced for more than two decades. It also illustrates, for those who do not understand their impact, just how debilitating they can be.

I've had migraines since the sixth grade, and was officially diagnosed with them at 18. Although still extremely painful, my migraines are now far less frequent than they were when I was younger, making everyday life a lot easier and the condition a lot less frustrating. It was a long, painful time before my doctors and I found the combination of lifestyle modifications and medication that worked best for me.

As I write this, I have already taken steps to minimize the one I feel coming on today. They are not gone for good, but it is encouraging to know there is increased comprehension of their impact and their appropriate treatment.

Beatriz P?rez, Reston, Va.

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