PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: The lessons from Obama’s Rio Rancho visitee^

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By Kirsten Laskey

Until last week I had never met public figures or celebrities, although years ago I watched Scott Hamilton walk out of an ice rink in Littleton, Colo.

Not only had I never sighted any stars, I have not attempted any correspondence to the rich and famous. The only fan mail I ever sent was part of a class assignment in middle school. Being a novice ice skater, I asked for Kristi Yamaguchi’s advice on a figure skating jump. Months later, the response I received did not answer my question. I felt a little annoyed and decided not to put too much stock in celebrities. They just did not seem to care.

Turns out I was wrong.

A few weeks ago, Christine Lardner of Albuquerque explained to a crowd of thousands that her family had a problem with their credit card company. She and her husband used the card to pay for two of their children’s college educations. When the college mistakenly put a charge on the card, which set them over their limit, the company upped the Lardners’ interest rate to nearly 30 percent.  Some of us might have just roared to anyone within earshot, but Lardner decided on a different route. She turned to the President of the United States.

And he answered.

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