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April 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Mitt Romney campaign

Fix it

While I appreciate and wholeheartedly agree with Paul Krugman’s opinion on Romney’s “amnesia campaign,” I believe that he is missing what is at the center of this debate. [“Mitt Romney’s convenient amnesia,” Opinion, April 24.]

Currently both sides are too busy pointing fingers and blaming the other for who caused the economy to tank, when they should be putting their differences aside and working with each other to improve our situation.

Our financial problems started long before President Obama or George W. Bush. They just finally came to the surface and now we are left in the wake of the bad decisions made years ago. The past is the past; both parties are not clean in this issue and we need to move on if we are to ever move forward.

As a senior in college with graduation drawing closer every day, I worry about the economy and job market I will be entering into. The bottom line is: I don’t care whose fault it was, I just want it fixed.

— Mariana Hetherington, Seattle

Campaign donation

I am writing in response to “Romney super PAC gift among mysterious donations.” [seattletimes.com, April 24.]

I know that when running for president, the person who raises the most money will almost always win the election but don’t Americans have better things to spend their money on? Especially in this day and age when there are families on the streets, starving, and have nothing?

For people to donate $400,000 and $1,000,000 just so the president they want might have a chance to get elected. That money could go to so many other things. It could feed families, provide shelter and start food banks.

Let’s say Mitt Romney or Barack Obama doesn’t win this upcoming election, people donating money just paid for their private jets and gas for their tour buses. Well that was a waste of money, wasn’t it?

I just don’t understand how people can donate so much money for a corrupt political system in which really the president can’t change anything — only the American population can change America. The money could have been put to use on so many other better things.

— Zack Waltier, Edmonds


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