EDITOR'S NOTE: The Augusta Chronicle invited students to write letters to President-elect Obama detailing what they would like him to do as president. The newspaper received more than 400 entries. Selected letters are being printed in The Chronicle and posted online at augustachronicle.com/president.
Grand-prize winners in the elementary, middle and high school divisions will be published the week of Mr. Obama's inauguration. After his installation as the 44th president of the United States, the letters will be mailed to the White House.
Dear President-Elect Obama,
It was a good race and you came out on top. I think that you will make a good president! Everyone picked you because of what you said you would do for us. My main question now is what are your main priorities? What will you do first?
In my opinion I think that the first thing on your agenda should be to bring our soldiers home. They have been gone for a while now. They have also fought a good battle. It is time for them to get their long deserved rest. They also deserve to see their families again.
Next, I think that you should help our economy. Many people are barely getting through life. Many people are close to losing their homes. I am sure that everyone could use at least a little help. Our economy needs to be helped maybe even rebuilt.
Third, I don't agree with universal health care. I mean I know everyone needs health care. I think that everyone should have to pay for it themselves. Our taxes shouldn't have to have to pay for other people's health care. If they can't afford it they have to find a way. If they don't have a job then they need to get one. If they are young and have to take care of their kids they need to get a job and not depend on others. It was their mistake. In my opinion it's unfair for taxes to pay for others health care.
I would like to thank-you for taking time out to read my letter. That really means a lot to me. I really hope that the first thing you do is bring our soldiers home. That is very important to me. I hope that you look over what I have said and really think about it. I would like to once again say congratulations and I hope that you can get around to doing everything you have said that you would try and do. If not at least you tried!
Eighth-grader, Tutt Middle School, Augusta