Survey reveals expectations for Bush
As President George Bush begins his second term today, the Post Independent asked residents and some elected officials what they’d like to see him accomplish in the next four years.Trsi Houpt, Democrat, Garfield County Commissioner: “I think it’s critically important that this administration start to work with a bipartisan approach. They need to recognize that they’re dealing with a very split country.”Beyond national politics, Bush should work on our image abroad, she said.”He needs to work worldwide on how to approach terrorism. We should not go to war without having endorsements throughout the world and have a valid reason.”Environmental protection is also important, she said. “We should look at the environmental impact of decisions made for short-term gain,” she said, both nationally and locally with the oil and gas industry.Larry McCown, Republican, Garfield County Commissioner said, “Number one, I’d like to see us get all our troops home safely. I hope in doing this we install a democratic society in Iraq.”McCown is also concerned about social issues at home.”Insuring the security of Social Security, which is near and dear to my heart.”McCown also gave a nod to the partisan split in the country.”I hope the Democrats and Republicans can reach some type of resolve and mend those ugly fences” built during the campaign. Money spent on television advertising only exacerbated the situation.”I still think we need both sides of the aisle (in Congress) to make things happen, in the Colorado legislature, too.”Kim McGraw, of Glenwood Springs, talked about Iraq. “I guess the first thing … is to facilitate a government in Iraq and have it up and running,” she said.Diane Kenney-McCormick, of Carbondale, said Bush should focus on health care and respect for the rest of the world. He should have “awareness that we’re not the center of the universe,” she said. “A health-care system rather than crisis intervention. Basically our policy is don’t get sick. It should be a single-pay system that really is about health and not disease intervention.”Diane Kenney-McCormick, of Carbondale, said Bush should focus on health care and respect for the rest of the world. He should have “awareness that we’re not the center of the universe,” she said. “A health-care system rather than crisis intervention.
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