As we enter 2020, the year in which we will elect a new president of the United States, let's pause to consider some differences a new president could make.

There are key executive orders a new president could issue on day one: Set aggressive greenhouse gas and energy use reduction goals across the federal government, including the military. Establish an interagency task force to develop the framework for a Green New Deal.

Stop lease sales for coal, oil and gas extraction and uranium mining on federal land. Bar from federal contracts any corporation with environmental violations during the past decade.

Close federal private prisons including immigrant detention centers and end all federal contracts with private prison companies. Direct the Department of Justice to abandon mandatory minimum sentences in federal prosecution and to pursue alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders.

Direct the U.S. Postal Service to begin offering public banking.

Establish a task force to determine a real living wage across the United States and set the federal worker minimum accordingly.

Direct the Secretary of Education to write off all student loan debt for which the federal government is the creditor.

And much more. These are a few of the reasons I believe we need to elect Bernie Sanders president.

Bill Whitaker

La Grande

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