Dear Mr. President

34,000 letters tell Obama what kids in 50 states think

March 19, 2009|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,liz.bowie@baltsun.com

Children today want clean air, world peace and help for the poor and homeless. That's what they wrote to President Barack Obama. Some also wish for lower taxes and a little more security in shopping malls. And, oh, by the way, Mr. President, "You should stop smoking!"

Those were a fraction of the thoughts that were written by children from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore to Obama as part of part of a national handwriting project called Mail to the Chief.

About 34,000 letters from all over the United States were delivered yesterday to the Washington office of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat who plans to forward them to Obama.

FOR THE RECORD - An article March 19 about children's letters to President Obama incorrectly stated the name of a child at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. Her name is Haviva.
THE BALTIMORE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR

Students produced the handwritten letters. Here is a sample of what the young students from Baltimore wrote:

"I wish for a cleaner country and please don't raise taxes. I bet you are going to be a good president." - Ben

"I hope you will be a very good president and I hope you will tell people to not cut down trees." - Matthew

"Make a law that people who smoke don't smoke on children because I have been smoked on before." - Ben

"I hope you can make world peace. I hope you can help poor people. I wish you can lower taxes and make things easy. I wish you good luck being president." - Hairia

"I think you should help the homeless. I also heard you were getting a dog. Please get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel! They're the best dog ever!" - Jaclyn

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