Couple: Economy is at a turning point


Estella and Aquiles Carmona at the Calusa Elementary School Photo by Laura Sanchez Slik

Something must be done About student debt

Estella and Aquiles Carmona voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and with the economy, healthcare and student loans on their mind, they decided to give him their vote again.

“This year is very important,” said Estella Carmona, a nurse at a medical center in Kendall.  “I think our economy is at a turning point; it can get worse or get better, and Romney hasn’t convinced me he has a plan to change for the better. He hasn’t explained what he’s going to do.”

As a nurse, Estella Carmona said she does not agree with all aspects of Obama’s  healthcare plan but she said she thinks he has a better plan than his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

She said she does not trust Romney because, as she sees it, he has gone back and forth on abortion. ”A woman should have a right to decide,” Estella Carmona said. “It’s not for me, I wouldn’t do it myself. But a woman should have the right.”

Her husband, a police officer, stood with his wife as they waited to vote at the Calusa Elementary School in Kendall, a suburb west of Miami. He said he was concerned about the future of their three children, ages 13, 19 and 20.

The couple, Aquiles Carmona said, is beginning to get a feeling for how expensive education can be. Their oldest child is a student at the Miami International University of Art and Design in downtown Miami. Aquiles Carmona said he did not want his son and other students to finish school drowning in debt from student loans.

“Something needs to happen about student loans,” he said. “It’s outrageous. Obama has addressed that:  Students shouldn’t have to owe half their lives when they graduate.”

 

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