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Mark Olaf Altenburg, Moorhead, Letter: Midwestern senator has a good rural plan

'We'll take action on a rural agenda in my first 100 days in office," Barack Obama declared at the Farmers Union summit in Des Moines, Iowa. With this speech and his recently released comprehensive rural plan, Obama demonstrates an empathetic awa...

'We'll take action on a rural agenda in my first 100 days in office," Barack Obama declared at the Farmers Union summit in Des Moines, Iowa. With this speech and his recently released comprehensive rural plan, Obama demonstrates an empathetic awareness of rural issues that only a Midwestern senator, like himself, can bring to the table.

His rural agenda, entitled "Real Leadership for Rural America," clearly addresses the pressures faced by those of us who choose to live in outstate America. Whether he is discussing the continued multinational corporatization of agriculture or the disastrous disparities in the way rural hospitals receive Medicare reimbursements, Obama proves his comprehension of these dangerous inequities that simply escape the scope and understanding of those who never seem to leave the Beltway.

Obama is not a partisan reactionary with a bone to pick. Obama is ready to heal the discord perpetuated by media pundits and ideological purists. He believes in the great outdoors traditions of our region and "deeply respects America's sportsmen and is committed to protecting their rights." Obama believes in investing in clean energy and increasing federal support for rural entrepreneurship. Obama believes in eliminating income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000 a year.

Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., was right when he said, in his endorsement last spring, that Barack Obama "personifies the future of Democratic leadership in our country." For the Red River Valley, the future is now, and now is the time for a real leader like Obama.

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