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The bottom line... Who is qualified?

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I'd like to quickly respond to Barb Lovaasen and what she called a "complete misconception" of her September 4th letter to the editor.

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While you may have been aiming to question the thinking behind the choice of Sarah Palin for the VP spot, it goes without question that in the process you spared no energy in painting Gov. Sarah Palin as the most ridiculous and unqualified choice for the Vice Presidential nomination; a point that I personally felt compelled to argue as false.

I feel that through this discussion of Sarah Palin, we may have missed a valid point. The problem we face as a country is not that we have an unqualified Republican Vice President nominee; the problem has been and still remains that we have a Democrat Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, who has virtually no executive experience, and so many millions of Americans are ready to send him to the White House, simply on his promises of change-- that have yet to be displayed in his political career. So who then do we choose?

In an interview response to MSNBC's Ron Allen, during the RNC convention, Newt Gingrich was given this statement by Mr. Allen: "But to be fair, her (Palin's) resume is not something we're familiar seeing with presidential candidates."

Newt replied, "It [Palin's resume] is stronger than Barack Obama's. I don't know why you guys walk around saying this baloney. She has a stronger resume than Obama. She's been a real mayor, he hasn't. She has been a real governor, he hasn't. She's been in charge of the Alaskan National Guard, he hasn't. She was a whistleblower who defeated an incumbent mayor. He has never once shown that kind of courage. She's a whistleblower who turned in the chairman of her own party and got him fined $12,000. I've never seen Obama do one thing like that. She took on the incumbent governor of her own party and beat him, and then she beat a former Democratic governor in the general election. I don't know of a single thing Obama's done except talk and write. I'd like you to tell me one thing Sen. Obama's done."

That statement was merely drawing contrast between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Barack Obama; imagine the amount of space we would need in this newspaper to even start to compare Sen. John McCain to Obama.

And so I rest my case with this question, "What is it exactly that Senator Obama has done that qualifies him to be the next president of the United States?" I can't think of anything. And voting "present" 114 times instead of actually voting on issues, doesn't count.

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Coty Sloan, Ottertail

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