Vantage Point

My choice for president

The time is almost at hand to cast my first-ever vote, and I have decided to vote for the person based on three issues that are important to me. The first one I briefly mentioned in my last column. Whom would I trust to provide protection for my family if we were stranded overseas during or ...

Obama or McCain to the rescue?

The moment to cast my first vote is at hand and I'm very excited. My one vote probably would not make a difference in the grand scheme of things, but the journey I took to cast the vote has been a most memorable one. From the time I left my country to pursue an education in the United States to ...

Hot or Not II

I was very surprised when I found out that the vice presidential debate was more widely watched than the presidential debate. It would be hard to deny the fact that the major draw for this debate was Sarah Palin. I don't think that Joe Biden had the charisma or intrigue to garner such an ...

McCain-Obama wars : a new hope

Watching the debate last week was a unique experience. I have never watched one and did not know what to expect. I was surprised by the civility of the candidates. The word "debate" conjured thoughts of feisty exchanges. I've watched debates at the high school level, and while they might not ...

Driving Mr. President

Age may be a protected issue when it comes to hiring practices, but for the highest position in the U.S. government, age could be a deciding factor. John McCain's and Barack Obama's ages - 72 and 47 respectively - offer a contrast in perception and can ultimately decide the voting.An older ...

Biden: Dan Quayle II

I wasn't much into politics when Dan Quayle was vice president, but I heard enough about his gaffes that I questioned his intelligence, despite his Ivy League education. Who could forget the potato debacle? I often laughed out loud with the late-night comics who always seemed to have something ...

The responsible vote

The right to vote allows people to make their own candidate choice based on research, knowledge, preference and whatever else they use to gauge. At least that was what I thought. I find that most people can argue a case for the presidential candidate but don't fare so well when it comes to the ...

Palin: Hot or Not

No, I'm not talking about her looks, but of the feisty speech she delivered. I understand that, as with all other candidates, the speech was written for her and she basically read it off the teleprompter, but her poise and delivery were spot-on and captivating. The way she hit out at Obama ...

Conventional convention

As I watched the Democratic National Convention, I was eager to learn why the conventions are held and what would the speakers say to entice me to become a Democrat. I have never watched a convention before, so I made it a point to catch all the coverage available on prime time television. I ...

My vote is for sale

_"I, Paul Thevarajoo, hereby declare on oath that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen..." In the few seconds it took to utter that sentence, I gave up ...