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This election demonstrates yearning and hope. Expert voices of the status quo say "there is no mandate" and "we must contain mass expectations," but we expressed our mandate. As candidates of change, "Change We Can Believe In" and "Real Change," both Obama and McCain promised change and Democrats and Republicans voted for that change.

These "experts" ask "what should Obama do first" only to damper his progress. Under similar circumstance, FDR enlisted a "brain trust" who began to work on all problems simultaneously. He pleaded their ideas to the public and Congress followed.

Obama warns that pandering to Wall Street is not an option and wants a moratorium on home foreclosures. The other solutions to our economic crisis must come from Obama's "brightest and best" while avoiding self-interested "experts" and "false leadership." FDR described these experts. "Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish."

Obama asked for our help in this crisis. Like FDR he knows, "These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men."

Yes, we can.

Mel Logan

Sheridan, Wyo.

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