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  • December 6JKB gift card collection for Ronald McDonald House. Drop off during lunches on Tues. & Thurs. in café or rm 203.

  • December 6Link Leader yearbook photos on Wed, Dec. 7th during your lunch. Meet by the attendance office.

  • December 6Netflix Club will meet Thurs. after school in rm. 42 to watch Disney movies.

  • December 6JSA a political debate club meets on Thursdays after school in room 236.

  • December 6There will be a girls softball informational meeting Tuesday at 7:20am in room 301.

  • December 6There will be a yearbook informational meeting in room 216 Tuesday before OR after school in rm 216.

  • December 6Senior Panoramic Photo Wed, Dec. 14th 2nd hour in main gym. Order forms available next week at senior exits & Activities.

  • December 6Spring Musical, the Addams Family, auditions & informational workshop on Mon, Dec.12th in the choir room from 3:30-4pm.

  • December 6Truth Seekers meets Friday after school in room 207. This is wild card Friday, so bring your own topic.

  • December 6Theatre Central will meet this Wednesday after school in the auditorium.

  • December 6GEMS will meet Thursday after school in rm. 34. Ms. Eier will talk about engineering at Molex.

  • December 6Freshman, join your Link Leaders' “Cocoa & Cram” sessions on Thurs. & next Tues. Meet outside of rm 100.

  • December 6Join Mickey Mouse Club before school thru Wednesday in rm. 221 to watch Lilo and Stitch.

  • December 6Spanish Club will watch Elf on Tuesday after school in room 102. Bring a snack to share.

  • December 6NCHS Show Choir Audition Workshops will be Friday, Dec. 16th 3:30-6pm and Monday, Dec. 19th 3:30-5pm in the Choir Room.

  • December 5Holiday Spirit Week – 12th-16th, Mon: Pj Day, Tues: White Out, Wed: Tacky Sweater Day, Thurs: Scarf & Socks, Fri: Candy Cane Day

  • December 5TC presents Junie B. Jones in “Jingle Bells Batman Smells” Thurs. 7:30pm and Fri. and Sat. at 8pm. Tickets $5.00 each.

  • December 5Holiday Toy Drive ends Dec. 13th. Drop off new toys valued at $10 - $20 in Activities, Main Office, or the Leaning Commons.

Dear Mr. President…

This month, the CT invited students to share their thoughts with President Trump through an online form. A total of 50 letters were submitted.

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Dear Mr. President,

Do some good for America like you say you are.

Sincerely,

Sandra Bjerga, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to thank you for sticking to the promises you made during the campaign trail. I may not agree with all of them but it is truly rare these days for a politician do what they said they were going to do.

Sincerely,

Matthew Clare Kunzer, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Don’t deport my friends.

Sincerely,

Grace Victoria Perry, sophomore

 

Dear Mr. President,

It would mean a lot if you could start respecting everyone. Minorities deserve the same respect as higher-class, straight, cis, and/or white people do. Mexico does not deserve a wall and immigrants and refugees are not going to ruin America. Not all Muslims are terrorists, and this goes for every religion. Please stop assuming that gay/trans/Muslim/black people are threats.

Sincerely,

Caden Osojnak, freshman

 

Dear Mr. President,

When I saw that you were elected to be the next president of the United States, all I could do was cry. I remember seeing you on the Apprentice when I was younger, and I clearly remember you being a mean and disrespectful person back then (to put it in nicer terms) as you still are today. The last thing I would have expected is seeing you hold the highest office in our country today. But here we are now, and somehow you managed to do the exact thing I never thought was possible happening. When you announced that you were running for president, I thought it was a joke. Your platform had no real substance to it, but you still managed to gain followers and popularity. My heart sank as I watched you continued to rise in popularity. Hearing your messages of hate towards people who aren’t white men broke my heart. Building a wall will not solve our problems. Banning Muslim people from entering our country will not solve our problems. Promoting a message of hate will never fix the injustices going on in our country right now, it will only spread the hate even further. Seeing you be elected made me cry so much. I used to be able to look up to many of the people who ran the country, one of my biggest influences being Barack Obama, the president I grew up with. I am so genuinely scared to see what our country will become. Mr. Trump, I would like to thank you. Watching you throughout this whole thing has motivated me to pursue politics in my life. I am planning on going to school to major in political science, and I’ll see where it takes me from there. I want to be able to make a positive change on people and make lives better. Working in government means being a public servant, which means that you work for ALL the people in the country, not just a certain group or race. Seeing your hate has only fueled me with love, so thank you for that. I’ll be watching intently these next four and possibly eight years if you make it that far. I will watch each and every one of your moves so I know what not to do when I am a government worker. I wish you luck, Mr. Trump. You have the potential to do amazing things for the country and the world with the position you now hold. I sincerely hope you can do some good, so when my generation is in charge of the country, we don’t have a huge mess to clean up.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Ashley, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I do not understand how you can expect us to embrace your nominee for education secretary. As a retired teacher of 37 years, and the parent of four children, what does she bring to public education? I thought you wanted the best of the best to lead our country forward. She knows so little about the challenges teachers face and even less about special education needs.

Please do better for those of us out here who need you to lead our country to something better.

Sincerely,

Barbara Hinsberger, parent

 

Dear Mr. President,

We share many common views. I appreciate that you upheld many of the promises that you carried with you during the election process. I’ve heard that you will be paying hourly for the construction of the wall. Is this true? If so, sign me up. I’d love to keep out those bad hombres. Luv u 😉 <3

Sincerely,

Sam Yanke, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Your name may be “Mr. Trump,” and we may be obligated to call you “Mr. President,” but right now the truth is that you are “Mr. Potential.” To the world, you are a minefield, the harbinger of salvation or Armageddon… a wildcard. It is unnerving to think about your potential, to consider where you could drive this country. I know that I have too little political knowledge to advertise my two cents as a dime. But my plea is this: for you to do factual research before you make decisions, for your mandates to stand on a steady foundation of History and Science, not your personal opinion. Please realize that your priority cannot be ego or competition; you are in a position of service, to all United States citizens, and to the collective future of this planet.

Sincerely,

Christina Vazquez, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I’m a huge movie fanatic, so it only makes sense that I lead off with words from Scarlett Johansson, the indomitable Black Widow from The Avengers. She was at the women’s march after your inauguration.

She said what I believe myself. As a private person with no social media presence, Johansson said that for this issue, this movement, she had to make it personal for several issues. She said, “I respect that you are our President-elect and I want to be able to support you. But first, I ask that you support ME.”

I am asking you support me and my peers, as the generation that is rising to the forefront of American visors. We are diverse, engaged and growing. I ask politely, firmly and frankly that you perform your promise to unite our people, if the campaign trail that led to your inauguration wants it.

I demand you give us respect.

I know the word “respect” has been thrown around so much it sometimes loses meaning. I ask that you give us your unspoiled attention and an open mind.

I occupy only a slice of American society. I am a minority. I am nervous about the next four years being those that bridge my high school years into adulthood. And I am watching you, angrily, nervously and quietly, hoping you will demonstrate any consideration for the audience you affect. I want to quiet the opposites that tug on my phone and my ears, whispering that I adore or detest you. But your silence is making me bitter, and your words make me outraged, as they drive white lines through the masses you have been tasked to lead, your words, which drag static when you hold the loudest microphone in America.

We demand respect, which will be reciprocated, or we will be forced to rise.

Sincerely,

Angelina Lee, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Instead of condemning people who oppose you, I would appreciate it if you would acknowledge opposing viewpoints on subjects such as abortion, the ban, and etc., whether you agree with them or not. Instead of acting like a five-year-old, I would appreciate it if you would start acting like the president. Instead of irrationally making decisions and saying things, I would appreciate if you would think before you act. Instead of blaming your fallacies on others, I would appreciate it if you owned up to your actions. Just stop. Stop the awful tweets, comments, and contradicting messages. Just stop, please. It is because of these things you do that people choose to disrespect you, for you are not a TV show host, not a comedian and certainly not supposed to be an object of ridicule. In fact, you are the PRESIDENT, one of the most influential people in this world. So act like one Mr. Trump. The fact that you are the president, as much as I may disagree with the fact, means that the people have trusted you with this country. Thus it is your responsibility, as the president, to fulfill this trust by listening and by taking responsibility for our country. Instead, you have betrayed that trust by covering your ears to the people’s voices, and instead of taking responsibility for our country, we are forced to take responsibility for you. So I beg of you, Mr. President, please don’t betray any more people and prove me and the alike wrong. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Karis Li, junior

 

 

Dear Mr. President,

How could you nominate a woman like Betsy DeVos to be the secretary of education? The woman has never in her life been involved in any sort of public education, how can she be qualified to run them? She attended private school, along with her children. Her plans to delegate special education laws to the states is downright horrendous. Mr. President, do you understand what will happen if this plan goes through? States that have more favorable special education standards will receive transfer students from those states that do not have such favorable laws. Such an action will then cause overflow in said states, leading to overcrowding. A dramatic increase in students will necessitate an increase in spending, but since DeVos has decided that she would like to enable parents of students who attend private/parochial schools to send their tax dollars to those schools instead of public schools. The Department of Education website, which this woman is supposedly going to run, even declares that “The public funding of private education is restricted under the United States Constitution”. I fear for the futures of so many of our special education students in America. DeVos will do no good to our current education system. Mr. President, if you really are trying to “Make America Great Again,” DeVos should not be the new Secretary of Education.

Sincerely,

Cade Madson, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I hope that you succeed in all that you do, and you become a great president. I really wish the best for you. Best wishes from NCHS!

Sincerely,

Brennan Forbes

 

Dear Mr. President,

Fun fact for you: it’s called a reservation because we’re supposed to RESERVE it. #NoDAPL

Sincerely,

Skylar Meredith, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Why do you feel the need to build walls and not bridges? America prides itself in bringing in immigrants, on the statue of liberty it’s inscribed, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Your hateful executive orders are not only an abuse of power but also making America divided again.

Sincerely,

Ruby Killingsworth, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Please do good things. Think more positive thoughts and hear and see other perspectives. Everybody has a voice. Their thoughts and ideas combined with a variety of others as well can be so empowering. Donald Trump, I wish you success and happiness. Please help us out, make powerful and great decisions and do good things. Make America great.

Sincerely,

Ineta Anoska, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Why are you ruining everything? Why are you generalizing people of color? Why are you repealing programs that our previous president worked so hard to implement? How can you believe these things will benefit anyone? Are you really fit to be president? Why are you ruining EVERYTHING?

Sincerely,

Inez van Veenendaal, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

To start, it is nice to see that you have not made your campaign promises full of fluff like the majority of politicians. I am not the biggest fan of politics, so it is nice to see that you have taken charge. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical of all the arguments, both valid and over exaggerated for and against you. It seemed quite ridiculous over the lengths people were going to just to protest your position as president. I come from a nice family, a caring father who is 70 years old and still working hard to provide for his family. He rejected taking social security checks for as long as possible to ensure that people who needed the money did not have to give part of their salary to provide for our future. So I offer you a simple request to prove why I should believe in all this hype, or if I should believe in the protesters instead. Follow through on your promises to make the United States the greatest place again. Get the people to work as a united nation instead of a man eat man world as we once did in the past. I believe in a better future, but only if we look out for the best interests of the individual, and not that of the company. I present you with the best of luck for these next four years.

Sincerely,

Brian Armstrong, junior

A hopeful student of Naperville Central High School

 

Dear Mr. President,

I live in a fairly democratic area. As such, I constantly hear negative things about you from my peers, as well as some adults. As a Mexican-American, I personally disagree with some of your policies. However, I have high hopes for your presidency. Despite all the negative things I hear about you, I still believe that you truly have the best interest of the nation in your mind and will do what is best for the country. I wish you the best of luck!


Sincerely,

Ben de la Torre, freshman

 

Dear Mr. President,

I’m worried about what you’ll do to this country. As a woman, I’m worried about how you and your Locker Room Talk Club will try to regulate our bodies, demean us if we’re anything less than an 8 on your imaginary scale, and keep us just one step behind in almost every way.
I’m worried for us as a nation of immigrants, and I’m scared of what will happen to all the refugees asking for help when you turn them away. I’m so afraid of all the people you could potentially leave to die.
I’m scared of what will happen to our country with you leading it. I’ve seen all the businesses you’ve purposely bankrupted with your ponzi schemes, and I’m worried about what your next scheme will be to help the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
For once, I really, really hope I’m wrong.

Sincerely,

Madison Klingbeil, junior
A concerned future voter

P.S: Not that you care, but you should probably know that history has its eyes on you.

 

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for protecting our nation’s borders and making rational decisions to ensure the safety of all its citizens. You are putting America first! You are making it easier for businesses all across America to operate without unnecessary, crippling regulation. At the same time, you are bringing jobs back to our nation and strengthening every economic class of our country. Common sense has returned to our nation’s capital, and we are no longer gripped by excessive political correctness. We are returning to our founding principles of religious freedom, the right to free speech, and the right to pursue happiness the way each individual sees fit. Thank you for leading us back to our nation’s roots. Make America Great Again!

Sincerely,

Nolan O’Rear, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

All I ask of you is to make sure you change our country for the better, not the worst. Also, make sure that you think of others and make the people of the United States proud of who we made our president.

Sincerely,

Megan Landin, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

This year’s election will ruin so many lives. Only in America can a person like Trump call Mexicans rapists, claim Obama was born in Kenya, propose banning an entire religion from the United States, mock a disabled reporter, claim a veteran is not a war hero if he was captured, attack the parents of a fallen soldier, brag about sexually assaulting women, be accused by twelve women of sexual assault then claim that some weren’t attractive enough for sexual assault, say more countries should be bombed, say he would force the military to commit war crimes, claim a judge was biased because his parents are Mexican, say women should be punished for abortions, incite violence at his rallies, call global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, declare bankruptcy six times, brag about not paying income taxes, lose a billion dollars in one year, scam customers at a fake university, buy a six foot tall statue of himself with money from his fake foundation, have a trial for fraud, insult an opponent’s looks, insult an opponent’s wife’s looks and brag about sexually assaulting women.

Even today, he is planning to shift the Countering Violent Extremism program away from white supremacy, a common hateful US mindset, and towards “Islamic extremism,” as if terrorism is inherently Muslim. Not to mention the recently imposed ban on seven predominately Muslim countries. You can say it’s not a Muslim ban, but if he bars people from predominately Muslim countries from the US “to prevent terrorism,” I think we all know what he’s really banning.

I feel an overwhelming sickness at the state this country has entered. If the majority of the population voted for Donald Trump, then the majority of the population must not care about women, racial, or religious minorities. If the KKK endorses a presidential candidate, especially if that candidate wins, then something is very wrong.

Women, Hispanic, African American, Muslim, and LGBT+ people are scared for their rights. Now that Trump is elected, so many people will think they have the right to do whatever they want because the president leads by example.

Even if Trump is impeached, Mike Pence is just as bad. This is a man who voted against the Equal Pay Act (multiple times), claimed smoking doesn’t kill, defunded Planned Parenthood (consequently causing an HIV outbreak in Indiana), thinks that aborted fetuses should be buried like in a funeral, wants state funds to go towards conversion therapy, signed a bill in 2015 declaring that business owners can cite religious belief to refuse service to LGBT+ customers, has voted against every single piece of environmental legislation, advocates for creationism to be taught in public schools, refuses to comply with rules aimed at reducing prison rape, and co-sponsored a bill that would have eliminated automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants born on US soil.

I am so scared for this country. I can see us being sent back into medieval times. Women and racial/religious minorities will be knocked down to second class citizens and be stripped of our rights. Now that the government is entirely republican, they can elect judges for the supreme court that follow their agenda. This would give them the chance to undo everything we have been working towards in the past few years. They could criminalize gay marriage, abortion, and so many other civil liberties we have worked hard to have access to. There are so many more injustices that I can go on about, from his racist agenda to his stripping of women’s rights, but hey, soon we can have automatic assault weapons, so who needs rights?

Sincerely,

Claire Boyan, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I don’t need to be Muslim or Christian, White or Black or gay or straight to see the discrimination you promote. Hearing my friends say “I can say (Insert racism here) because Trump is President,” is not a good feeling at all. I hope you can turn things around for America and stop worrying about yourself.

Sincerely,

Peter Mullin, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I have seen you say that you will make our country a better place. I know that many people are protesting against you. I want to know what you are REALLY going to do to help our country. There is quite a difference between saying and doing and between speaking and being spoken for. I want this country to be the best it can be and I believe that our presidents can initiate the change they want to see in society.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Sapiega, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Please, if you have any morality, Mr. Trump, keep America united by supporting each race. Please support kindness and diversity and do not discriminate because that is when America is at its strongest.

Sincerely,

Nethan Ramachandran, freshman

 

Dear Mr. President,

Don’t do it. Don’t screw over our nation. From the bottom of my heart, don’t scrutinize and target people. Don’t tell people they are not valid if they are of a certain race, culture, family, social level, country, gender, sexuality. We are all people. We all share 99.9 percent of the same DNA. Don’t tell people it’s OK to sexually assault people because you are entitled. It makes them feel like they too can be entitled. Don’t build a wall of hate and oppression. Don’t take down our gun safety laws, at least people with mental illnesses should be checked because indeed those who go into schools to murder students and teachers did not get checked before they were allotted a tool of ultimate death and destruction. Please do not remove the North American Trade Agreement, you won’t be just hurting our economy, you hurt everyone in this treaty. Above all. Mr. Donald Trump, don’t start a war. Whether it be symbolically or between countries.

Please, do not do it. Any of it. Think about people past your business, your political ideology and morals. Think hard before you make a decision and who it affects what the impact is.

Love. Trumps. Hate. Always.

Sincerely,

Bianca Schramm, sophomore

 

Dear Mr. President,

Please do not continue to spread the hate. Our country needs to be unified, but not under the common thread of hate and fear. Do not blame a religion and the people who follow that religion for the failures of their extremists. Listen to the people and see the discontent that is already brewing. Do not allow children to grow up with the notion that all people are not equal if they look different than you. Please just stop lying.

Sincerely,

Olivia Brothers, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

You have been put in a special position, unmatched by previous presidents in recent history. You have a Republican majority in the House and Senate. You have an even Supreme Court with one spot open for your choosing. Another Democrat will likely leave his/her position during your term. You have a polarizing level of loyalty from you supporters. You cannot keep a single promise and still be loved and adored. This is your chance to actually make America the greatest it’s ever been. You could lower taxes, remove the incentive to immigrate illegally. Rather than penalizing businesses for moving overseas, you could make them want to stay in America by lowering business and corporate taxes. You could make our tax rates the simplest and lowest they have ever been. You could eliminate government waste by reducing the prison population. Removing crimes that don’t have a victim would end the drug war and allow the urban area to prosper. You have made the American people more aware of the political system and in that regard, you are successful. You temporarily suspended countries from traveling to the United States when they’ve been responsible for zero terrorist attacks on our soil. If Presidents Bush and Obama created the refugees, be the hero and take them in. That’s the American way. I’m rooting for you and I hope the rest of this country stands behind you when you do right, and resist when you do wrong. Mr. President, make this country even greater.

Sincerely,

Spencer Charles Shipley, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

I just wanted to start off by saying congratulations for defying all odds and becoming the leader of our great nation! I was rooting for you since you announced your candidacy and I cannot be more excited for what you will have in store for your next four years in office. As you have seen in the past, this job has a lot of responsibilities and you have to be on your game every day. Some of our past leaders have succeeded while others have not and I hope you can go down as one of our great presidents in history. A lot of people are counting on you to make the right decisions and I trust that all of the decisions you make are in the best interest for this country. The well-being of the United States is officially in your hands Mr. President. I wish you good luck.

Sincerely,

Benjamin William Jacobs, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

What you’re doing is scary. The way you’re acting is not unlike a fascist leader. In fact, it’s almost exactly like a fascist leader. It’s great that you’ve been keeping your campaign promises, which is something not many presidents do, but I don’t like what your promises are and the way you’re fulfilling them is highly concerning. What you’re doing is not going to unite America in any way. Instead, your actions are only going to divide us. Furthermore, as a student in public education, your choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, both disgusts and scares me even more than a majority of your executive orders. She has absolutely no credibility to hold such an office and the things she proposes aren’t going to help this country at all. If you care at all about this country and about how the people of this country view you, a revision in your approach to the issues facing America is strongly recommended because your current actions make you seem unfit to hold the office of President of the United States.

Sincerely,

Gillian Thomson, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

The night you were elected, I feared for my safety. I wondered if I would be attacked next time I walked down the street, just for being a woman. I wondered if I would be attacked the next time I walked down the street holding my girlfriend’s hand. I wondered what would happen to all of the people you had attacked in your campaign. Would you follow through with all of your promises? I was told to give you a chance, a chance to prove that you were not a threat to my safety. Apparently, I couldn’t take your word on it.
Well, Mr. President, I gave you that chance. You blew it. You have proved, beyond a doubt, that you are dangerous to people’s safety. And I cannot stand by and watch. Please know that I will be doing everything in my power to protect people from you. I will be protesting, donating, organizing, rallying and when I am 18, voting.
I don’t think that you will ever have the support of the majority of Americans, and until you stop ruling through fear and intimidation, I most certainly won’t be supporting you. I stand with the oppressed, and you are the oppressor.
I hope that you someday learn to love. Only someone who cares for their people can lead them.

Sincerely,


Elizabeth Reimer, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

At first, I was angry with America. How could we let you slip through the cracks and fall into the most important and serious job anybody can hold? Over the next months, I pushed you out of my mind, no sense in worrying until the day comes where it is official. In these past few weeks, I have come to realize it isn’t America I need to be angry with, it’s you. You don’t represent what we stand for so please to tread lightly. If the first two weeks of your presidency are any indication as to how these next 4 years will go you should be careful. America was built on the principle that if the government is not protecting the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of the people they can revolt. This is not a threat but a word of advice as the right to assembly and freedom of speech is one of the most dangerous weapons anybody in America can possess. I also ask you to take some deep breaths. People will say and do things you don’t agree with and instead of reacting right away and pushing the “tweet” button at every impulse, hold on for a second and think. Every seemingly small action will have the largest of repercussions now that you are the leader of this country. Maybe you should educate yourself. Pick up a book and read, not from information fed to you from sites and people directly aligned to your personal interests. There is so much every person needs to learn in order to succeed and since you are new to this profession you might feel like you are behind. Each mistake is a learning experience and I hope your brain is sparkling with knowledge and ways that you can improve yourself from what you have done. Finally, I don’t suggest, think or ask, I demand you open up. Open up your mind, eyes and heart. I have learned so much from people I don’t necessarily like and I know you can too. Open up your eyes to what is right in front of you; many Americans see this country at a crossroads and we need a leader who can steer us in the right direction not blindly stumble towards whatever seems easiest. Most importantly open your heart to each and every almost American, hope-to-be American and total American. This country is a melting pot of different races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and opinions and there isn’t much you can do to change this. If there is any kindness in your heart you may realize that the American Dream doesn’t have an expiration date or any criteria you need to fit into, it belongs to anybody who believes in the improvement of themselves, this country and the world. I hope you will listen because history has never been too kind to those in opposition of the truths our nation was built upon. And remember love will always and forever trump hate.

Sincerely,
Megan Troke, junior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Don’t change our country too much and if you do, change it for the better, we already have enough problems.

Sincerely,

Reyna Lynn Washington, freshman

 

 

Dear Mr. President,

On January 20th of this year, the American people carried out the process of “orderly and peaceful transfer of power.” A peaceful (if protested) transfer of power is a pivotal piece of civilization’s advancement, a prescribed practice that has promised the people politics, not the aggression of our past. But seeing as these are your own words, I trust you understand their significance. As you have said multiple times on the campaign trail and in the office, you were an underdog in this election, but I hope the surprise of its results does not indicate that you are unprepared. I hope, sir, that you have taken the time to appreciate our history’s advancements and lessons, and will implement them in your service as president.
In your inaugural address, you offered to transfer political power from “Washington D.C.” and yourself back to “the people.” Your actions tell otherwise. Already you have signed eighteen executive orders and presidential memos, some with highly controversial and impactful directives and all with no direct legislative or judicial input. I urge you to respect the limitations of your office, to refrain from concentrating power in the executive branch, to heed the warnings of the “People’s Republics” and “Workers’ Parties” of history. I urge you to avoid sovereignty in an attempt to represent the people.
Contrarily, I urge you to avoid a lack of power. With all due respect to you and your office, a president without political experience is, well, unprecedented. As an elected official, the American people have entrusted you with power, but it is your responsibility to maintain that power. Do not allow any other political figure to exploit your inexperience and hijack the office of the president. But I fear that you have not seriously considered this possibility, that you have too much trust in yourself. Remember the overconfidence of Alexander: he too achieved greatness, but it came crumbling down as he egotistically overextended his realm of influence. Alexander also died early, creating a vacuum of power that destabilized the Eastern Ancient World for half a century. Alexander could not control his death, but you can control your influence: do not let anyone see you as an empty vessel or your presidency as a power vacuum, but do not try to fill it with an ego.
You have claimed the presidency in a massive upset, and that, along with your recent actions, makes you comparable to some the most power-hungry and power-deprived leaders in history—but it does not decide your fate. You are not doomed to repeat history if you understand it if you identify its patterns and your place in them. To be frank, sir, you are the epigrammatic dog who caught the bus; don’t be so big you terrorize the travelers or so small you get run over.

Very sincerely and hopeful,
David McCowin, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

Why? Why do you make these actions when the popular vote is against it? Why? Why do you put yourself and winning, above the hard work and opinion of others? How? How could you Mr. President? How could you prevent people who came to the land of the free from entering or at least exiting?

Sincerely,

Kiran Kasbekar, freshman

 

Dear Mr. President,

I hope you do good as our new president. Many people are worried and angry about you winning, but I think that you will prove them wrong.

Sincerely,

Adam John Walsh, freshman

 

Dear Mr. President,

I want you to know that I am very disappointed in you. The night you won the election, I cried for the future of this country. I had a little bit of time to mope about it, and then I decided I would wait and see if you were really the horrible president I thought you would end up being. I wish I was mistaken.
I think it’s awful how some people thought you being president would be funny. It’s not like you could really be the ridiculous reality TV president you portrayed during the election process. Except these first few weeks have proved you are. Arguing about the size of your inauguration, as if it really matters, is a waste of everyone’s, but most especially a president’s, time.
Caring about unimportant matters is the least of your failings as president. You also have made it clear that it is your goal to take America and the freedoms of her people, specifically the women, immigrants, LGBT+, poor and black people of America, back to a time when the only people with a say were people like you; old, straight, male and white. Hopefully, you will learn in time that while there are bigots out there like you, there are also people who are going to stand together and protect one another from intolerant people and policies. So Mr. President, pay attention because I think you’re going to learn a thing or two about what America looks like in the next 4 years. It definitely doesn’t look like you.

Sincerely,

Katherine Beste, senior

 

Dear Mr. President,

The President of the United States always was and will be a position reserved for someone who knew America as well as the back of their hand.

In order for you to truly become President in the eyes of the people, I believe that it is essential for you to get to know the people of this country.

The men and women in your life may not be the most accurate representation of what Americans are like. In my community, men are proud fathers, brothers, and sons who are always looking out for their families. Women are brave mothers, sisters, and daughters who rely on their intellect, and not their bodies, to become successful and pursue their dreams. I hope that you understand that our country was built by immigrants from all around the globe who have contributed so much to get us to where we are now. I want you to realize that our country is the proud home of people of color that have dedicated their whole lives to fighting for equality. It is also the melting pot of religious beliefs that may not worship the same deity or believe in the same faith, but are able to look beyond those differences and co-exist with each other.

The people of America come in different shapes and sizes, but they all aspire to be the role models and teachers for generations to come.

I hope that during the next four years, you will come to find the beauty in our differences, and come to develop an appreciation for this country like never before.

Sincerely,

Claire Yu, freshman
An American citizen

 

Dear Mr. President,

You are doing a good job so far, maybe reconsider DeVos though. That’s my only complaint. Otherwise, great work.

Sincerely,

Robert Gortner, sophomore

 

Dear Mr. President,

Although your critics are many, and policies controversial, some people think you are doing great work and improving our country.

I am not one of those people.

You are causing more harm than good and will never improve our overall status as a nation. I’m disgusted to know you sleep, breathe and eat in the safe house as some of the greatest and best men in human history: George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and FDR. Great men who all wanted to help the country and made it great. They made it great. And you won’t.

Sure, you won the election. But not really. More people wanted Hillary Clinton than you. You only won because of a flaw in our democratic system. You don’t deserve the office. She does, whether we like it or not.

And no, I don’t like her. Not because of emails or something her husband did. I have legitimate political reasons for not being a fan of hers. But I suppose due to the election, you don’t care for legitimacy.

May your presidency be plagued with protests and repeals. May you have constant friction from other world leaders and may you see the error in your many and mounting judgments. Do us all a favor, and change who you are, what you believe and what you do.

Sincerely,

Blake A. Preston, junior

 

 

Dear Mr. President,

First of all, thank you for saving us from another Clinton presidency! However, I am writing to you regarding Planned Parenthood and abortion. As a Catholic and someone who has studied science, I have learned that it is not “a glob of tissue,” but a beautiful baby that is developing in the womb. I am glad that you are currently pro-life and I hope that you limit abortion only to special circumstances i.e. life threatening. Furthermore, I would like to ask you to slash all funds to Planned Parenthood completely. Planned Parenthood claims to be nonprofit, yet they spent $30 million dollars on door-to-door knocking in battleground states this past election in opposition to a pro-life Trump presidency. In addition, they have been caught admitting to selling baby parts multiple times on camera and found guilty of it (see Florida case). Trafficking baby parts is disgusting and horrible while defeating all attempts by the pro-choice people to say that it is not a human being until it is born. I would like that money to go to pregnancy facilities that are truly pro women. They offer services such as employment, housing, formula and parenting classes. Planned Parenthood only offers a cheap pack of condoms and kills your baby. The mainstream media and celebrities claim that you are anti-women but supporting mothers’ killing their babies is not pro-life at all. My generation is the pro-life generation, and we, Americans, do not see women bragging about how great their abortions are at women’s marches. I implore you to follow through with this as it is not the woman’s body. If it was, then the woman would die, not the baby.

God bless you,
Peter Skaluba, junior

Make America Great Again

 

Dear Mr. President,

Immigrant rights are human rights.

Sincerely,

Megan Gallagher, junior

 

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