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Letters to the Editor 8/4

August 04, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/4



Gore can't be believed



To the editor:

Polls, which today's politicians seem to live by, consistently show Al Gore lagging behind George W. Bush. To date, Mr. Gore displays no outward inclination to acknowledge these polls other than as a minor irritant. But why is an incumbent vice president behind at all? I'll take time here as a fellow Democrat, one of Gore's so-called "people," to opine bluntly why Al Gore is behind in the polls: It is simply that the man is not to be believed.

Gore's problems with credibility, unfortunately, are well established. Perhaps they first arose out of his stunning inability to know why he was appearing at a Buddhist temple during the last presidential campaign, or maybe it was because he was certain there was no controlling authority to preclude his being there, or maybe it was just because he invented the Internet. Whatever. The guy comes equipped with warning lights: "Don't believe this."

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He has since gone on to solidify his curious position of unbelievability. Of late he has painted himself into another corner by vociferously accusing the Republican Party and George W. of cottoning to "special interest groups." Well. Political parties being influenced by special interest groups. Can you imagine? You mean to say the teachers' unions, the labor unions, the National Organization of Women, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance, and other such staunch, energetic supporters of the Democratic Party are not special interest groups? Unbelievable.

Currently All Gore has taken to trumpeting a new Jesse Jackson style catch-phrase to contrast himself with the GOP: "I," he proudly, monotonously, and repititiously announces, "am for the people, not the powerful." Oh? You mean to say that the NEA, the AFL-CIO, the NAACP, and AARP, as a sampling of large organizations firmly in the Democratic camp, are not powerful? Their feelings must surely be hurt to learn this. And therein lies Al Gore's problem: A person of such galling hypocrisy is not to be believed.

Does Gore think that just because we are fellow Democrats we are a bunch of dunces who can't see through such air-ball shenanigans? Does he not know we disdain hypocrisy? Cannot he discern that as Democrats we don't just follow the party line lock-step, but instead put our country's interest above all? Doesn't he see that, having long suffered through the truth-twisting antics of his predecessor, we yearn for a candidate of integrity?

Until he adequately comprehends this, Al Gore, in the salient words of former Sen. Patrick Moynihan, "is unelectable." At this point in time, wiht the campaign pace quickening, Al Gore is not to be believed. And that, ultimately, will prevent his catching up in the polls.

Preston E. Law

Hagerstown

What's hapened to beat cops?



To the editor:

I read in the paper a few weeks ago where we got three new policemen. Welcome to the force. I hope these new men are not afraid of the dark or to walk the streets in the night. The only time you see a policeman out at night is in a patrol car, or if you have to call one.

We have been having near riots between the Square and Locust Street on East Washington Street at the parking lot and the Young Apartments.

These kids are out between 11 and 4 in the morning raising hell and keeping people awake. I say bring back the motorcycle cops where they can see what's going on. When I was a kid you could look out your windows and see a cop walking the beat as far out as Rose Hill. Where are the cops now?

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown

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