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Election Postcard: Legacy House

Ruby de Luna
09/29/2008

The general election is just six weeks away. KUOW wonders what issues people are thinking about as they consider candidates and ballot measures. This fall we'll drop in on different neighborhoods to find out. KUOW's Ruby de Luna visited Legacy House, A group home for low income elders in Seattle's Chinatown International District. She prepared this election postcard.

TRANSCRIPT

SANTIAGO: "We'll walk over here...to that corner..."

SEVENTY YEAR–OLD MONICO SANTIAGO STARTS THE DAY WITH BREAKFAST, FOLLOWED BY A TWO BLOCK STROLL TO BUY A NEWSPAPER.

MR. SANTIAGO CAME TO THE U.S. IN 2001. FIVE YEARS LATER HE BECAME A CITIZEN. SO FAR HE HAS VOTED IN TWO ELECTIONS. LATELY, HE'S BEEN READING UP ON PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS.

SANTIAGO: "Because I'm comparing the Democrats and the Republicans who will give a nice changes..."

SANTIAGO WANTS TO SEE WHICH PARTY WILL DELIVER CHANGE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING. HE'D LIKE TO SEE MORE RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION. MR. SANTIAGO'S MORNING RITUAL CONTINUES BACK ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF LEGACY HOUSE.

NGUYEN: "Ah, good morning...hello!"

MR. SANTIAGO SPLITS THE PAPER WITH FELLOW RESIDENT, 86 YEAR–OLD VINH NGUYEN. MR. NGUYEN PICKS OUT THE FRONT PAGE AND LOCAL SECTION, WHILE MR. SANTIAGO WORKS ON THE PUZZLE. MR. NGUYEN EMIGRATED FROM VIETNAM IN 1989. HE STARTED VOTING FIVE YEARS AGO. LIKE MR. SANTIAGO, MR. NGUYEN SAYS HEALTH CARE AND THE ECONOMY ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES. LIKE MOST RESIDENTS AT LEGACY HOUSE, MR. NGUYEN'S ONLY INCOME IS A MONTHLY SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK. AFTER DEDUCTIONS AND RENT, HE HAS 50 DOLLARS LEFT TO SPEND.

NGUYEN: "The cost of living is going high, the work for the people go less, that is the trouble right now."

MR. NGUYEN AND MR. SANTIAGO DISAGREE WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. MR. NGUYEN VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN IN THE PRIMARY, AND PLANS TO VOTE FOR HIM AGAIN IN NOVEMBER.

NGUYEN: "He know about the military, yeah. If Obama, know nothing. He doesn't have experience about the military..."

SANTIAGO: "Barack Obama is an organizer, if you think of it, he's a good team leader. Mr. McCain, he's a good soldier. But I don't think he may be a good president...a good organizer is a good team leader."

BOTH GENTLEMEN SAY THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ELECTION FOR SURE. DESPITE, OR MAYBE BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES, THE TWO WILL CONTINUE TO SHARE THE PAPER EACH MORNING AND TALK ABOUT THE NEWS. I'M RUBY DE LUNA, KUOW NEWS.

© Copyright 2008, KUOW

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