When I read that folks were asked what they hoped for out of President Obama’s State of the Union address – and they replied that they wanted him to speak of working cooperatively with the Republicans in Congress and to strive for unity – I thought, “Ask me!”

I wanted him to stand tall and speak from his heart and mind and come out, determined and unwavering, in support of the principles he first espoused.

I wanted him to say that come hell or high water, he will do all in his power to fulfill his promises of a healthy life and equal chance for all of us.

It’s not about the budget bottom line; it’s about using the money we have to act humanely and compassionately toward those of us who work long days and long nights and still come up short.

It’s about using the money we have to rebuild what is crumbling and to keep this miraculous planet alive in this incomprehensible universe.

I say, “Yes, Mr. President! Do what is right, even if you stand alone.”

Muriel Pierce

Steep Falls