Most readers supported US Sen. John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Others wrote in with their approval of the decision to allow the building of a large mosque in Cologne.
So will they be the winning ticket?
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The McCain - Palin Ticket
I believe Governor Sarah Palin is a very good choice for vice-president on several levels. I've spent the past several hours going over Palin's personal, professional and political history and I in fact, am quite happy about her. Being a 44-year-old woman who has accomplished much in her relatively short political life, she carries a down to earth realization of how the majority of people in America live and what they're concerns are far more then the status quo of many of our lifelong politicians. She's intelligent, tough, loving and cannot stand corruption, just look at what she's done against even her own party's corruption. The McCain-Palin ticket will be a much better choice than Obama-Biden. -- Fred C., US
Many experts were surprised by the choice
John McCain chose wisely. A 44-year-old mother of five children, and soon to be grandmother, she is happily married to her high school sweetheart, strongly religious and "pro-life," intelligent, exciting, dynamic speaker on the political stump and she ain't too hard on the eyes either. Unlike the typical politicians in the US, she is a real person with a real life and solutions to real problems -- an authentic all-American frontierswoman who will make a fine running mate for John McCain. By the way, she -- the Republican Party's vice-presidential nominee -- has far more executive experience than our Democratic candidate for President. -- Mary Drake, US
I think it was a great that John McCain picked a woman. However, the point that I need to make is that I don't want a women in the White House with no foreign policy experience, especially if John McCain was to pass away. I feel that there are far more qualified governors. Maybe the office is for Palin someday, but just not in 2008. -- Donna M. Steelmon, US
Plan for Cologne mosque approved
If people wanted to, people could build a Greek temple or one to a Thor or Shiva, because in most Western, democratic countries it is not allowed to discriminate against religion. Temples are generally built when there is a large enough community of believers behind it. A very small group in the Canadian city of Calgary got together to build a huge mosque there, because they put up all of their money. -- Philip, Canada
The plan to build the mosque has caused much debate in Germany
By introducing these structures German leaders are strengthening the will of the right-wing movements and increasing their support base throughout Germany and Europe. -- Richard Berkenbusch, Germany