Many factors weigh in choice for president

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AUTHOR: JOER

Many factors weigh in choice for president

For the first time in many years, I can truly say that I am enthused about voting for a presidential candidate.

This time around I am voting for Al Gore. In my younger days I can remember when in Mississippi the word Republican and the word Democrat were considered four-letter words. I vaguely remember Roosevelt. What I remember mostly was the hard times that we lived in. No electric lights. No running water and no indoor plumbing.

I remember “Give-them-hell” Harry Truman sent our troops to Korea. We are still there.

Remember Ike. When he was elected, he had no idea as to what his job was. He had been a big general in the Army. Held the office for eight years. Almost every factory in the state laid off their workers.

From then on the country changed so much, it would take forever to write all of the changes. I was too young for the Korean War. Missed Vietnam by a prayer. We were on alert to go, but by the grace of God, I missed it.

In 1965 a small group of us Lee Countians started the Young Democrats of Lee County. It lasted a brief time. I was 20 years ahead of my time. Big mistake. Kennedy was a great president. Nixon, perhaps the greatest president we ever had. Carter was too honest. Billy was his downfall. Voted for Reagan. He was the greatest actor among presidents. Worst thing to happen to this country. Big mistake. Voted for Ross Perot. He wanted to work under the hood too much. Guess that was one of my biggest mistakes in voting for a president. I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton, but he has been one of the greatest presidents this country has ever had.

He chose Al Gore to be vice president. One of the greatest things he could have done. There are more jobs, more prosperity now than there has ever been in the history of this country. Now we have an opportunity to vote for Al Gore. A man from Tennessee. He has served his country well.

Lamar Smith

Tupelo