Nina Rogers: Check out Kucinich

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Check out Kucinich

Tell me he's not electable. I'll believe you if:

We are all willing to be spoon fed "facts" by the mainstream media.

We are all unwilling to get off our butts and do a little research.

We are all unwilling to form opinions of our own.

We are all willing to believe everything we're told.

We are all willing to take the path of least resistance.

We are all unwilling to take the initiative.

We are all willing to believe that looks are more important than content.

Dennis Kucinich is running as a Democratic candidate for the office of President of the United States. I state this seemingly obvious fact for those of you who rely on the mainstream media for your news, as the mainstream media seems completely oblivious to this little tidbit.

For those of you who want to know more about this man, I suggest you stop waiting for the media to acknowledge him and go straight to the source: www.kucinich.us. I did and found myself thoroughly impressed with him, in spite of his rather unprepossessing looks.

Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate who has stated, from day 1, his outright objection to the war in Iraq -- no waffling or wavering.

He states outright that he is pro-choice, that he favors universal health care, renewal of Social Security benefits, repeal of the so-called Patriot Act.

He has a plan to make the United States a front-runner in clean, renewable energy -- an example for other countries to follow (what a concept).

He has a plan to de-commercialize water and to place it in a trust of sorts, where everyone will be charged with its care and conservation.

Finally (and I believe this is why the media ignores him), he has refused to take money from political action committees; funding his campaign strictly from individuals and the FEC matching funds. So he will not be beholden to any special interest groups when he is finally elected. His platform:

Universal health care with single payer plan.

Full Social Security benefits at age 65.

Withdrawal from NAFTA and WTO.

Repeal of the "Patriot Act."

Right to choose, privacy and civil rights.

Balance between workers and corporations.

Guaranteed quality education, Pre-k through college.

A renewed commitment to peace and diplomacy.

Restored rural communities and family farms.

Environmental renewal and clean energy.

If you like what you see on his Web site, spread the word. Forward his Web site to everyone you know and ask them to do the same. If you can afford to do so, contribute to his campaign. Because the media is ignoring his campaign, those of us who believe in him must take up the slack.

I am not saying Kucinich is for everyone. What I am saying is educate yourselves. Visit candidate Web sites, find out what you can, and don't depend on the media to tell you what's really happening (in the Steamboat Today, Kucinich was renamed "Other" in the accounting of where the votes and delegates went). I don't know about you, but I'm pretty peeved about Colorado deciding to pull out of the primaries. This does not mean, however, that nothing we do matters. Once you decide on a candidate, register to vote. You must be registered as a Democrat by Feb. 13 to participate in the Colorado Democratic caucuses. When you register, you can find out where and when the caucus for your area will be held. Attend the meeting, state your views and make your choices known. The whole process is long and convoluted, but you can make a difference, if you'll only get off the couch. If we don't make some real noise this time around, we may be stuck with the "president" no one elected for a second term, and I don't think any of us will survive that.

Nina Rogers

Steamboat Springs

Troops say thanks

In all my years in the service, I have never seen a community come together the way the Steamboat area has. Your prayers and gifts are more than greatly appreciated. Thank you for making my platoon's Christmas a happy one. We have been away from home for so long. We thought we had been forgotten. Thank you for caring enough to remember.

When I feel lonely, all I have to do is look to the night sky and think of home, a place where people love their country as much as I do. God bless you all, and God bless America.

From freedom's frontier,

Sgt. Justin David Zabel

Baghdad, Iraq

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