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Tuesday's election is truly historic

To the editor: The election of Barack Obama as President is a signal that we are entering a new and better phase of our history. We are finally living the promise of our pledge: One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. We will also be regaining our former status as a worldwide symbol of opportunity and freedom. This wonderful, historic event of the election this week caused me to look back on the remarkable history I have lived through. I was born in the waning years of the Roaring Twenties, spent my childhood in the Great Depression, and my teen years in the conflict and uncertainties of World War II. Pearl Harbor occurred during my Freshman year of high school. The shocking news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor caused me to ask, Where is Pearl Harbor? I graduated in 1945, and was part of the crowds in Times Square rejoicing over both V-E Day and V-J Day. On being told of the atomic bombs dropping, I asked, What is an atomic bomb? One of my early jobs was in Manhattan, and I was privileged to witness the parades up Broadway for the major military figures, standing up in all their splendor in the open touring cars, accepting the cheers of the crows lining the street, ticker tapes floating down from the skyscrapers along the parade route. Contrary to what has been heard since, I saw no parades for the regular soldiers and sailors. The G.I. Bill opened up a new world for the veterans and created the enormous post-war middle class and gave us all hope. With their educations provided for, the middle class got better jobs, bought houses, raised families and gave us the America we knew before we allowed the export of our industries and jobs, and undertook to intervene in nations all over the world, causing us to lose our position of strength and worldwide admiration. I believe we can regain our position and economic security if we give our new president our loyalty and cooperation. It will likely be a long and hard road for us, but we can indeed accomplish it. Regina Porter Warrensburg, NY

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