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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Are you better off today than you were four years ago? My letter will illustrate the views of five people, each a member of a vast group expressing similar views.

1. If you were an LGBT person serving in our military in 2008, you were hiding in the shadows of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law. Today your fear is gone. Obama signed the DADT Repeal Act of 2010.

2. In 2008, did you have a credit card nightmare with high fees and pages of confusing contract language? Today, Obama’s Credit Card Reform Act has stopped unfair banking fees and required banks to simplify their contracts.

3. Equal pay for equal work was only a dream for working women in 2008. Today, Obama’s first law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, will begin to make their dream a reality.

4. There were six million Pell Grant students in 2008. Today, Obama has eliminated the middle man, the banks, so as to provide additional funds to increase the number of grants by three million. Are you one of these students?

˝. In 2008, Osama bin Laden was the world’s No. 1 terrorist. Today the world is a safer place thanks to the skillful role of our Navy Seals. Under orders from our commander in chief, they took him out. To quote Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), “Ask Osama bin Laden — is he better off than he was four years ago?”

I’m sure all the folks represented in my letter would say yes.

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

Welcome to the discussion.