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What do you think?

November 16, 2008

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were three poll questions.

The first question was: What should be the first priority of President-elect Obama's administration?

"Reviving the economy is the most important issue.The war in Iraq has already wound down and is showing signs of ending and we won. We cannot address health care because it could damage the economy further due to the high cost of socialized medicine. Promoting bipartisanship will never happen and our global image will not change ... it was only a campaign ploy to get votes."

"Without question, the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act should be the No. 1 priority. It would be a modern-day Emancipation Proclamation, setting free the working men and women from their chains of bondage. Freeing those who have been enslaved from birth from the rancor of usury."

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"The new administration should have many top priorities. The extent that the Bush administration weakened the country is impossible to comprehend. I am thankful that we finally elected a president who may be up to the job. I am keeping my fingers crossed and praying that the new administration will have enough time to take some corrective actions before disasters strike."

The second question was: What more can be done to honor America's veterans?

"By upholding the Constitution and the ideals that our forefathers created when they fought for independence over 200 years ago. Our veterans fought for our ideals and freedoms and we should do our best to hold on to that. We need to protect our freedoms and follow our Constitution and not tarnish what all of our veterans have done for our country. We also need to take care of our veterans and make sure their needs are taken care of."

"The only answer is improving health care benefits and services. Since some people around here do not think there is a health care crisis they should start think about how poorly the vets are being treated by government hospitals. Perhaps a better way is how the vets are not being treated. Poor conditions, lack of specialized doctors to treat vets. Lack of equipment or rehab to care for the severly wounded."

"We need to do all we can to support our veterans. If it weren't for their sacrifices we would not be free. Now that we are once again at war, it is vital that these young men and women that are coming back from service be given the utmost level of care and support."

The third question was: Should Congress approve a financial bailout for the U.S. auto industry?

"Yes, the big three have made their share of mistakes, but the inpact of losing any or all of these companys would be teriffic, there would be a trickle-down effect to so many other bussinesses in this country, costing millions of already needed jobs. ... Where is the tax base going to come from when we no longer have the jobs to tax in the first place? We need these companies."

"Here are three companies that for decades failed to produce cars that were well designed, well produced and exciting to look at, that fought tooth and nail against efforts to require greater fuel efficiency and, until recently, did too little to bring wages, benefits and retiree costs in line with competitive realities. And while they whined for years that it was unfair trade that put them at a disadvantage, Toyota, Honda, BMW and other foreign transplants came along to prove that it is possible to produce quality cars at affordable prices in U.S. factories while offering decent wages and benefits."

"I have a question. Who is going to bail out the U.S. government?"

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