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Letters to the editor

November 09, 2003

Blinded by the spin


To the editor:

Is Bush going senile? A Washington Post Oct. 28 headline states "Bush Says Attacks Are a Sign of U.S. Progress" referring to the latest attacks that killed at least 35 people in four single-day bombings in Iraq. I am dismayed. If this is progress, maybe more attacks will be more progress. How many attacks in one day do we need to declare ultimate U.S. success?

In this same Washington Post article it is stated that a senior intelligence official said that the U.S. has not devoted enough attention to understanding the anti-American groups in Iraq, because intelligence resources have been devoted to locating weapons of mass destruction.

This exemplifies the total foolishness of the U.S. policies. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We have now found this out for sure, although most of the world was of this opinion prior to our ill-advised pre-emptive invasion. We have only assured that more people will hate us.

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The Bush Administration is still trying to fool the American people. If you were among the 70 percent of the Americans who were fooled by Bush in our reasons for going to war, you can be fooled by anybody. If the majority of the American people are still being fooled by the Bush shenanigans there is very little hope for the future of this country.

Richard J. McEvoy
Hagerstown




Fat cats get porkier


To the editor:

According to "Roll Call," (Herald-Mail, Oct. 26), the U.S. Senators voted to approve themselves a nice big fat pay increase of $3,300 per member ($300,000 to add to the deficit). Previously, the U.S. House accepted the increase without a recorded vote on the issue ($1,504,800 more for the deficit).

At this time are these raises justifiable considering the following conditions of our national economy?

1) The U.S. fiscal deficit for 2004 will be the largest in recorded history. The Bush Administration has call for $87 billion to rebuild Iraq - and with the dismal outlook for massive destruction it could triple for '05 and '06. The tally just through 2004, including what was spent to wage war, will likely be at least $130 billion. Thus for years to come, our children, their children and even their children will still be paying interest on the national debt.

Did any senator in our state vote no? Of course not! They prefer to "line their own pockets," giving no regard to we taxpayers who pick up the tab. Only Sen.Arlen Specter, R-Pa., of the region had the courage to say "no" to these raises.

2) Additional pay increases are also in the works for Vice President Chaney and the Supreme Court justices as well. These increases add even more future debt to the taxpayers of tomorrow. Considering the health insurance packages, guaranteed pensions, prescription drug coverage and various other perks all the officials enjoy, this increase comes at a time when these representatives can't even make a decision on how best to expand our Medicare coverage for needy senior citizens. Each time the debates on our coverage comes up on the Senate floor, we hear cries of busting the federal budget and costing the working American too much! Strange that these same arguments are silent when their own pay hikes are the issue!

3) What can be done to stop this unwarranted pile up of national debt? Not much. Congress has constitutional authority to write its own paycheck and continues to do so willy-nilly! As few working Americans hold such luxury over their salary, Congress has the power to "stick it to us" as often as they want.

Hopefully, many readers will let their voices be heard in e-mails, letters, calls, etc. to these politicians. I for one will not forget who voted for such extreme measures the next time their names appear on the ballot.

Blanton Croft
Hagerstown




Problems solved


To the editor:

Why are there no military recruiting offices in the halls of Congress or government agencies? Think of how convenient it would be for all of those who vote for wars to join their favorite branch of the military at the same time. Also, it would be great public relations and impress the folks back home. Their family members could also take part in this process and could be sworn in at the same time.

- If George W. Bush is such a great fund-raiser and is so loved that he will surely be re-elected for a second term, why doesn't he simply continue fund-raising and donate all that money to the Iraqi reconstruction? People who support him and the Iraq war could show up and wave money as well as flags when he comes to their towns.

The hat could be passed around and patriotism could be on display for all to see. Also, see above.

- How many of the people who think that global warming and environmental degradation are myths actually live around chemical and power plants, railroad tracks, airports, factories, etc.?

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