Sarah Palin sees the hand of God in a $30 billion Alaskan national gas pipeline. "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she has stated. Ms. Palin and I clearly worship very different gods. I see the hand of God not in the wallets of the oil companies, but in the pristine Alaska coastline, its majestic polar bears, whales, and glaciers--all of which Big Oil will despoil.
Perhaps Ms. Palin has made the mistake that afflicts a frightening number of our citizens: confusing God with money.
–Sy M., Hancock, NH
As a very senior Senior, this choice scares me. My generation and later generations have fought too long and too hard to have someone like Sarah Palin pretend to represent us. She is against everything we have believed in and fought for. To think she is a Republican answer to Hillary Clinton is to make a mockery of all that Senator Clinton has done, not only in the senate but through her years of public activism. We as women have to do all we can to refute the McCain/Palin lies.
–Elaine Carlson, Venice, FL
Palin in no way represents me. Her gender is NOT cause enough to give her a vote. The issues she stands for are the antithesis of women's liberation, and will thwart the significant progress we have made. Much is at stake here. This is not a time to be complacent, nor feel joy at the prospect of a woman in the vice presidential office. Look at what she stands for: She is pro-life, pro guns, against sex education, thinks creationism should be taught in schools, is a member of the NRA, doesn't believe that global warming is caused by human behavior, thinks in black and white terms, and appears to be enjoying the power associated with the limelight. She has shown she can be sarcastic, hostile, bull-headed and even admits, a pit bull. Do we want someone like that a heartbeat away from the presidency? No Way!
–Catherine R., Stonington, ME
Sarah Palin represents an anti-science, anti-future mentality. We need to acknowledge that global warming is a serious threat to the well-being of everyone in the global family. We need a green revolution that will jump-start the economy with development of sustainable energy technologies. We need to consider the realities of sexually active youth and recognize that children will do better when their parents have planned for their appearance. We need to recognize that trickle down economics has empirically been shown to be wishful thinking. Sarah Palin represents the antithesis of our present needs.
–Georgia L., Cleveland Heights, OH
As a resident of rural Alaska, I speak from a perspective of one who has had to experience the detrimental policies and world view of Palin. Any thought I may have given to listening to what McCain has to say has now been completely annihilated due to his choice of running mate. Palin can not be allowed anywhere near a position of power in this country if we want to retain any semblance of what this country fundamentally and consitutionally upholds.
–Marian M., Alaska
As a feminist, environmentalist, Hockey mom, and pro choice catholic, I am appalled that Sarah Palin thinks she is every woman's candidate. I would not vote for her or McCain in a second. Why isn't she home taking care of her special needs child?, why isn't she home seeing what the her other children are doing or better yet (what they were doing).
She is so off target with what middle american woman think.
Beth Z., Cleveland, OH