Candidates should follow King's example

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

Since there is little chance that I will be able to speak directly to any of the presidential candidates, perhaps, the Monitor is the next best place to say what I think.Many of the candidates speak of change as if the word by itself carries value. Obviously, change in itself is not necessarily a good thing. The changes that I would like to see made by the next president are these:In internal affairs, please concentrate your efforts on the half of the American population with the lowest income. Implement changes that will truly improve their lives on a long-term basis and don’t worry about the other half – they will get by with what they have.I used to think that we needed to pull the troops out of Iraq as soon as possible. Now I think we should do whatever is best for the Iraqi people.Of all the considerations, this is probably the most decent and beneficial to everyone (God bless our troops!). We certainly owe a lot to that nation.And also, for a change, do declare the decision to start the war a criminal act and make Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney responsible.Also, for a change, start to really promote freedom and justice in the world. Put action behind the talk. Cleanse the foreign policy of multi-standards, corporate interests and hypocrisy. Of all my wishes, this may be the farthest fetched.We badly need a leader who can see beyond the horizon. Who – for a change – can put people’s well-being above the political and economic profit.For inspiration, I suggest listening, for instance, to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.There is one-in-a-million chance that one of the candidates will read this, and there is a further one-in-a-million chance that he/she will follow through on my suggestions, reducing the final odds to a one in a trillion.In the words of Jim Carrey’s character in the movie “Dumb and Dumber”: “So there is a chance.” Yeah!Michael BarkhudarovWhite Rock