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Write in Chuck for president

Dear Editor:

These recent wildfires in Southern California demonstrate how the federal government has its priorities all wrong. Six water carrier aircraft was all the feds gave to fight the effort. We neglect our own homeland while getting in military quagmires abroad. We have supposed public lands here in the west that the BLM won’t even let the public on, unless they have a drill rig in the back of their truck.

I could go on and on, but the conclusion I’ve come to and through talks with my father, who worked at the National Security Agency, is that the United States should maintain its first line of defense but stop these military activities abroad. We have so much work we have to do here at home. From firefighting aircraft, to rebuilding hurricane-tracking satellites, to health care reform. As the baby boomers start to retire we can not afford these military forays is we’re going to fund Medicare and Social Security without getting dangerously in debt to the Chinese.

Sadly I feel U.S. politics will continue the same if either Hillary Clinton or Rudy Giuliani get elected president, so I’ve decided to run as a write-in candidate. I have a degree in international political science from the University of Maryland. My father, through years of discussions, taught me how to analyze intelligence and work with the various intelligence agencies. His work at the NSA helped us win the Cold War, and he received a presidential award for it.

While I’ve held no public office since school, I’ve studied the job of being president. But not being a career politician also has its benefits. I’m not beholden to any special interests and therefore could run the presidency in the best interests of the average citizen in this country.

If you agree with me it’s time for serious change in direction in United States affairs, that this government of the people, by the people, for the people could be run so much better for the average person, then write me in to be your president.

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Chuck Falconer

Kodiak, Alaska, and Aspen