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Columbia County student receives letter from President

by Joshua Turner | September 18, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.
Marlee Hunter poses with a letter she received from President Joe Biden int this photo taken on Sept. 8, 2023. (Josh Turner/Banner News)

Marlee Hunter, a fourth-grader at Columbia Christian School, received a letter from President Joe Biden on Aug. 25, as a response to a letter that she had sent him in May.

Marlee said, "I told him that he is a good president, but that he could be a better president if he would lower the prices on some things, because prices are really high. I told him that I loved him and that God loved him and that he should talk more about God."

Although Marlee does not have many opinions on politics, she said that she believes America has good and bad politicians.

Marlee said she would also like to see Biden in the news more helping people after natural disasters and using tax dollars to provide housing to the homeless.

"If I was an adult, I think I would be happier about paying taxes if he used it on that," said Marlee.

Marlee's grandmother Leanne Murphy said that she does not think that America is currently doing well politically and economically and that she believes that the discontentment sparked Marlee's desire to reach out to the President.

"Marlee was very kind and sometimes, that's what it takes. I think that we can take a lesson from her and pray for our leaders. Something I really believe in my heart is that we just need to pray for our politicians and have faith in the system," said Murphy.

Murphy said that as a Republican, seeing such a kind letter sent to her granddaughter has softened her heart to President Biden.

Murphy said the letter that Marlee sent to the President was inspiring and helped her to see things from a child's perspective.

Marlee said that she was surprised to receive the letter back and she hopes that the President will consider her advice.

The letter sent to Marlee from Biden reads,

"Dear Marlee,

Thank you for sending such a kind note. Your support means a lot to Vice President Kamala Harris and me.

Our country faces many challenges, and the work we have ahead of us is going to be really tough. I'm certain that we can come together as a Nation and create positive change. It won't be easy, and I'm going to need your help.

Even at your young age, you have the power to impact the future for your generation and generations to come. I urge you to remain curious, creative, and fearless.

I wish you the best in the years ahead and look forward to seeing where your future takes you. Study hard. Keep challenging yourself. And be kind.


Joe Biden."

Marlee says that her favorite class in school is Bible class and that she is happy that she gets to study the Bible and pray at CCS.

Her dream job since she was three years old has been to run an orphanage, so that she can ensure that local orphaned children grow up in a loving environment, she said.

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