What would you like to tell president-elect Barack Obama? Advise and Dissent features opinions on what the new president should be thinking and doing. Click on names below to read their advice — then enter yours in the comment section below.
Noel Nix grew up in Flint, MI and now lives in Minneapolis. He is now working on his masters degree in urban planning.
Mr. President, this country needs you to truly govern in a bipartisan way–even when it gets hard and everyone from the left or from the right is attacking you–in order to bring about a change in the tone of politics. … MORE
Katie Matson grew up in St. Louis Park and now lives in Minneapolis. She is the Coordinator of Children’s Ministries at Park Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis. She offers
“three pieces of advice.”
Bethany Gustafson grew up in Walker, MN and now lives in Minneapolis. She teaches adult ESL through the Minnesota Literacy Council in St. Paul.
Mr. President-elect, because you were elected on the hope for change, I ask you to seek advice from a wide variety of people, to look to people who have experience as well as to new voices outside of Washington and outside of the corporate establishment. … MORE
Your Turn — Teens advise the next president on what youth need, published by ThreeSixty, a journalism project for teens at the University of St. Thomas gave Twin Cities teens a forum for advising the president-elect. Here are some of their opinions.