The Herald Bulletin

February 13, 2013

Economy, gun control among issues Anderson residents want addressed

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Ahead of President Barrack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, The Herald Bulletin asked some Anderson residents what issues they’d like to see tackled.

Answers ranged from gun control to the economy, race relations to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered.

Here is a sampling of comments:

Elisha Blount, 25

“Race is the big thing. Once we get over this racial hump and realize we all have to come together, that’s how we’re going to stand tall as Americans. We’re not going to stand tall as Americans if we’re fighting all the time, in our own country.”

Dave Meiers, 52

“We need to look at the future direction of the country, especially the economy — our jobs picture, taxes, fiscal responsibility. We need a sound plan; we need everyone, both parties, to work together, which unfortunately doesn’t usually happen.”

Barbie Fauss, 25

“There aren’t enough jobs out there. It’s just crazy; it’s like everything’s going downhill. At the same time, things like Medicaid and Medicare are getting cut. I don’t think that’s fair to everybody. I mean, I myself am on Medicaid and if they cut that, where would we be?”

Deanna Petry, 20

“I’d like to see something done to improve LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) rights. I have friends who don’t want to come out in public because they don’t feel safe. I have transgender friends who are afraid to be seen in public as they want to be, dressed the way they want to dress because some people have decided that if you’re not the stereotypical image of what people should be, then you’re not worth living.”

Michael Porter, 55

“Gun control. They (legislators) are all focused on the guns, but it’s not about guns. It’s about the people behind the guns. There needs to be more punishment. ”

Kevin Bailey, 20

“The economy is the big thing. I mean, people don’t have jobs, houses are getting foreclosed, people are homeless. There are hardworking Americans out there who can’t find jobs. That doesn’t make any sense. If we don’t do something financially, we’re all going to be in trouble.”

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