Dear Mr. President,
Today I am sending you all the letters I have written to you for the Month of May 2011. Since I have not yet received an auto-reply from the White House site, I have decided that snail-mail might be best. So at the end of each month I will print out my letters to you with any attachments that may be pertinent, and mail them through the Post Office…. which by the way, is very efficient and reliable.
While many of my letters have been critical of the things that still need your immediate attention, not enough was said about all the fine accomplishments you are responsible for enacting. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for a few, that to me, and many other Americans are particularly important.
Regarding the Military… You ordered better body armor for our troops, improved housing for military personnel, ended ‘no-bid’ defense contracts, and you authorized construction of additional health care centers for veterans, just to name a few.
In addition, you instituted enforcements for equal pay for women and appointed the first Latina, Sonia Sotomayor, to the Supreme Court. You signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation, and proposed the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and placed a freeze on efforts to remove gays from the military, although I don’t believe the military is complying with that order.
In areas of Health Care, you wisely removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research, and supported new biomedical research. You reversed some of the restrictions that prevented Medicare from negotiating cheaper drugs with the Pharmaceutical Companies, and you authorized the FDA to regulate tobacco.
There are hundreds of accomplishments that you have achieved and implemented that most of us have forgotten, because as President you can never really do enough to satisfy everyone… not even me. We are in such dire straights, as a country, that it is easy to overlook the good that’s been done. I don’t want you to think I’m not grateful for all you have done, because I am… I can’t even imagine, nor do I want to imagine, what state this country would be in if McCain and Palin had been elected. Keep up the good work, and I’ll try not to be such a nag… but I can’t promise you that, because I am the “Gadfly Granny.”
The Gadfly Granny