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November 17, 2003

Oil is the key

To the editor:

There should never be any questions about our servicemen that are now in the Middle East should get the very best of equipment and supplies available.

Those who were wounded and now in hospital and rehab centers also deserve the very best. Not only now, but when they return to civilian life again. All should be commended for their tremendous efforts and devotion to their country.

Having said that, I have a lot of trouble connecting the dots to get the same rosey picture that President Bush would have us see.


Long ago someone said that one of the first casualties of war is the truth. Is there any question that the truth has been stretched to a fantastic degree about "weapons of mass destruction?"

Couple that with the idea that "if you tell a lie often enough - that people will believe it."

Certainly many of Congress bought that whopper.

From news reports, the president was told what he wanted to hear when he exhibited his shoot 'em up attitude.

If such WMD's did exist, surely they would have been used on our troops early on in the war.

As a nation we have egg on our face and billions of dollars will not wipe it off.

To this writer it became obvious why the secret meetings and minutes of the vice president are being fought tooth and nail from being revealed. There is a strong suspicion that control of the oil in Iraq was so important to some American corporations. That suspicion leads me to believe that is why we invaded Iraq instead of North Korea - no oil fields.

Robert J. Hogan Sr.

Don't blame bars

To the editor:

After watching last Thursday's town council meeting and listening to Councilman Kristin Aleshire's closing remarks pertaining to Duke's and Media's tavern being closed as a positive change in the downtown area.

We were very upset that two good families with no criminal records and more than 50 years of service and contribution to the city are deemed as being unfit to run a business. We also tour the downtown area especially on Franklin Street and see no difference of transients still loitering about.

If the city police had correctly patrolled and used their power of arrest under the new law of (no loitering within 50 feet of a tavern) this problem would have been eliminated by hitting the perpetrator in the wallet where it hurts.

We have seen more than our share of police asking these individuals to vacate the street only to have them return when the police leave.

The injustice that has been done to the Crouse and Schaffnit families should be a wake-up call for all the tavern owners who have to deal with the tragic drug problem.

Peter and Mary Schaffnit

Some good people

To the editor:

I want to express my sincerest thank you to the Mellotts. They found my wallet on Potomac Avenue and immediately took the time and effort to find my house and return it to me.

We all know what a hassle it is to cancel credit cards, get a new driver's license, etc., much less losing treasured photographs and money.

Unfortunately I was so upset and excited at the time that I don't remember their first names and didn't find out where they live, and so I can't thank them properly.

It is a good reminder for all of us to know that there are still caring and honest people in this day and age.

Sue Nelson

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