Dear Mr. President

The Baltimore Sun

Children today want clean air, world peace and help for the poor and homeless. That's what they wrote to President Barack Obama. Some also wish for lower taxes and a little more security in shopping malls. And, oh, by the way, Mr. President, "You should stop smoking!"

Those were a fraction of the thoughts that were written by children from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore to Obama as part of part of a national handwriting project called Mail to the Chief.

About 34,000 letters from all over the United States were delivered yesterday to the Washington office of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat who plans to forward them to Obama.

Students produced the handwritten letters. Here is a sample of what the young students from Baltimore wrote:

"I wish for a cleaner country and please don't raise taxes. I bet you are going to be a good president." - Ben

"I hope you will be a very good president and I hope you will tell people to not cut down trees." - Matthew

"Make a law that people who smoke don't smoke on children because I have been smoked on before." - Ben

"I hope you can make world peace. I hope you can help poor people. I wish you can lower taxes and make things easy. I wish you good luck being president." - Hairia

"I think you should help the homeless. I also heard you were getting a dog. Please get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel! They're the best dog ever!" - Jaclyn

An article March 19 about children's letters to President Obama incorrectly stated the name of a child at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. Her name is Haviva.THE BALTIMORE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR
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