I published this post on my blog on The Tennessean on June 30 in anticipation of the Presidential Belmont Debate between John McCain and Barack Obama that was held in Nashville on Oct. 22. From a kind responder I learned afterwards that the debate at Belmont University was going to be the second to last before Election Day. However, this fact did not diminish the importance of the event. In my post re-published below I list problems that I believe affect people locally as much as across the nation and must be urgently addressed by the new administration and the new congress.
I did not foresee the crash of the economy that dominates the debate between the candidates now. Leaving the securities market unregulated, only to be confronted with the fact that the banking industry has to be nationalized to save the country's economy, may turn out to be the current administration's greatest failure and will touch the lives of all Americans deeply. It is high time for change! Vote!
- Maira Kalman's excellent artistic opinion contributed to The New York Times on Aug. 27, 2009, illustrates wonderfully how immigrants are changing the face of this country (09/01/09).