Opinion: A letter to President Trump



Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Emma Dowker, Photography Editor

Dear President Trump,

As you become the most powerful person the world, you are faced with choices that will affect people’s lives not just in the United States, but also on a global scale.

You inspired millions with your campaign promoting change and a promise to “make America great again”, but what change will you bring?

On election night, you historically won the state of Michigan, a long-time Democratic state. An increasing number of Flint, Michigan residents have not had immediate access to clean drinking water, in some cases since 2012. As our president, we hope that making America “great again” will include supplying American people with clean water.

However, Michigan is not the only faction anticipating change from your administration. All the “Rust Belt” states, nicknamed to represent a concentrated area of closed industrial factories voted in your favor, Mr. President. A significant part of your campaign was run on a promise to promote factory job growth in the United States and introduce legislation to prevent companies from exporting jobs overseas.  Given that a considerable amount of your voters are anticipating that you will fulfill your promises, we hope you continue this narrative into throughout the years of your administration.

Also, many Republicans including yourself have stated you plan on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. An immediate repeal of Obamacare would cause, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, at least 18 million people to lose their insurance.

Mr. President, if you are, as you suggested, planning to replace the Affordable Care Act with something better and more beneficial to American people, then you would be fulfilling a campaign promise to make America greater and you would be building an early legacy. However, please do not repeal it without intentions of replacing it. If you want to keep America great and continue to make it greater, please begin your administration by fulling your promise to ensure unconditionally an exceptional quality of life for all Americans in the coming years.