OPINION COLUMNS

Square Talk for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WHAT TO YOU, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THE INCUMBENT OR INCOMING PRESIDENT? HOW CAN HE GET BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO WORK TOGETHER ON THAT AND OTHER ISSUES?

“The economy is the No. 1 issue … I don’t know how you’re gonna get them to work together. Both claim that they want to, but then they don’t.”
– Coley Smith, 43, of Greenwood

“I would say health care because I think the economy is on the rebound … I really don’t know if we’re gonna do it. But I do have hope because if it’s second term, I think the Republicans are gonna have to give in. They’re not going to be able to demagogue anymore. And if Romney wins, I think we’ll be fine. Because if it’s Romney/Obamacare they’re going to keep it. Romney might switch it a little bit. Either way it’s going to be a better four years.”
– Janet Amos, 49, of Decatur

“Jobs and the economy … The partisan rhetoric has to tone down. Now that the election is over, the newly elected president, either one, will have to foster a stronger sense of community in the Congress. The new president is gonna have to get people to stop running for office and reach across the aisle for a consensus.”
– Gwen York, 55, of Newark

“Jobs and Social Security … They are virtually not able to do that. You have to get rid of all of them and start over. They are so set politically they will not give in.”
– Pat Braddon, 55, of Decatur

“The economy … You gotta reach out. It affects both sides.”
– Don Winters, 72, of Aurora

“They have to follow the Constitution because (Obama) is already ignoring it … It’s not gonna happen. Because if Romney wins, and the Democrats keep the Senate, we’re gonna have the same problem we have now. Can’t get anything done.”
– RC Nellis, 78, of Alvord

“The economy … I don’t think they can. It’s gonna be four more years of the same thing. It’s gonna be deadlocked between the House and Senate.”
– Curtis Gates, 65, of Decatur

“Economy. The economy makes us stronger … He’s gonna have to listen.”
– Lisa Meador, of Decatur

“Jobs and the economy … The day after he’s elected to tell people, ‘Hey. I won.’ That will start things out right.”
– Julie Mottola, of Decatur

“Improving the economy. Getting jobs and money back to us … Take points of view from each side and try to get a common denominator to work out between both of them so that our economy will increase the way we all want it to.”
– Nic Crohan, 19, of Decatur

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