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Letters to the Editor 2/16

February 16, 2001

Letters to the Editor 2/16



Clinton lovers are lazy, self-centered



To the editor:

I have come to the sad conclusion that half of this country fits into one of three categories: self-centered, lazy or just plain gullible. Many people have stopped thinking for themselves and seem to rely on television and the mainstream media to do their thinking for them.

And for those who haven't had their minds taken over, the others seem to be so self-centered that they no longer care about right or wrong as long as it benefits them. And then you have those who are just plain lazy. These people don't want to work for a living and expect everything to be handed to them for one reason or another, always finding some lame excuse as to why they are deserving of such.

Here is a prime example. People have told me that Bill Clinton was a good president. I asked them why and this is their reasoning. More jobs - sure at $7 an hour with little or no benefits! Sounds like a good way to get that government health plan he and Hillary wanted, huh? Have they counted the loss of all the good paying jobs over the past eight years mainly because of government intrusion?

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Then there's the economy and prosperity myth. The strong economy is or should I say was the long-term effects of "Reaganomics," like it or not. Now we are beginning to see the long term effects of "Clintonomics" with a recession or worse on the horizon. Bill Clinton did nothing more than sell this country out and disgrace the office of the presidency.

He looked us all in the eye and lied. He blamed every one of his actions on someone else. The media portrayed him as some sort of god and people fell for it hook, line and sinker. He was crooked to the end and through it all comes out smelling like a rose. Is this that mainstream thinking we hear so much about? If so, leave me out.

And people have the gall to ask for "impeach Bush" bumper stickers. Wake up and smell the coffee! Mr. Bush is a good man who wants nothing more than to benefit the country. That, of course, is not what the self-centered, "if it feels good, do it" crowd desires. Bush has done more positive things for this country in his first three weeks than Clinton did in his whole administration.

Rob Butler

Hagerstown




Tear down the walls of hate



To the editor:

I was disturbed to read in the Feb. 11 Herald-Mail of Israel's refusal to permit a U.N. human rights fact-finding mission tour of the Palestinian areas. The U.N. had accused Israel of "wide-spread, systematic and gross violations of human rights."

I can hardly understand why a nation composed, in a large part, of people who suffered violation of their rights under the Nazis should use coercive tactics on those who were living in this area before the modern nation of Israel existed.

Even harder to understand is the support we have granted to Israel and the tacit approval we give to it when it acts as a quite undemocratic and persecuting power. Yaffa Ben-Ari is probably correct in stating that the U.N. mission's findings "are predetermined." Israeli officials make no secret of their tactics.

I hesitate to write this letter, for some will think they find anti-Jewish bias in it. I respect Jewish people. My fellow believers and I worshipped for several months at Sinai Temple in Marion, Ind., while our new church building was being constructed. The congregation freely offered it to us for our weekly services. An Indianapolis Star columnist wrote of her surprise when she heard us in the temple singing "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" as she passed.

Like it or not, the two groups will be sharing the territory. Perhaps both need to reverse Robert Frost's poem and to tear down walls of hate and mistrust.

Eugene Lincoln

Hagerstown

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