"To get the economy back on track. The banks have to start lending. Developers have to start developing to create jobs and people need to be confident so they will spend money and not just hunker down. Generally, he needs to rebuild confidence in the economy."
- Bob Snyder, Auburn planning commissioner and former Auburn mayor
"Don't take people's money and give it to the people who already have money. Give it to the people who need it. People on low incomes."
Eva Couch, 80s, Auburn, retired medical secretary
"Special services should never be on the chopping block because the trickle-down effect is devastating to those who have very little resources to begin with."
-Suzi deFosset, executive director, The Gathering Inn
"I think he should work on the economy, because it’s pretty bad. That directly affects everyone. He should help make America more green, and appliances, like dishwashers, dryers, he should raise the standards, the rules on how much they consume."
- Amanda Ursano eighth-grader and student body vice president, St. Joseph Catholic School, 13
The Journal asked locals what advice they would give to newly elected President Barack Obama. Click on their pictures to see what they had to say.
--Compiled by Journal staff writers Gus Thomson, Loryll Nicolaisen, Bruce Warren
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