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Letters to the editor

August 26, 2004

Change takes time


To the editor:

I am 66 and I can relate to Michael Myers feelings in regards to his not voting. Since the early 60's, I feel I have voted for the "lesser of the two evils" at election time.

Change for the better does come but it takes time. So Michael, if the Green Party offers you a "voice," by all means you should vote. I'm going to vote because I strongly disagree with the current president and his polices!

Gene Manon
Hagerstown




It's a conspiracy


To the editor:

I agree with Michael Myers. Only illiterate people vote because they are not aware of the fact that the Council on Foreign Relations, a group of 3,500 men, control both political parties and will not let a third party debate.

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They head all major seats of the government, including the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and privately owned Federal Reserve. Read the book "While The People Sleep" and find out more about this semi-secret organization that has complete control over our government.

John Bisese
Virginia Beach, Va.




If you don't vote, you can't complain


To the editor:

Young sir: The founding fathers risked their lives and their fortunes to give you the right to vote. But the right to vote carries with it the obligation to vote.

Government is the dominating influence in our personal lives now. You get the government you ask for. When you don't vote, you give up your right to complain when things don't go your way, because you have opted out of the process.

For this old fogey, giving up the right to complain is almost the worst thing I could think of. But not as bad as giving up the right, and the obligation, to vote.

John Cable
Hagerstown




Don't give up your influence


To the editor:

To Michael Myers:

I hope you won't abdicate your power to others, because you know that people in your area will vote, and your lack of voting will merely empower your ideological opponents.

Your vote in Pennsylvania is more influential than mine in Connecticut for two reasons - my state's leanings are a given, second, my state only has seven electoral votes, compared to your state's 21. Your state is a swing state likely to be influenced by a razor thin margin of votes one way or the other; hence your vote is more impactful.

Tom LaSalle
Connecticut




Nothing changes?


To the editor:

Bob Maginnis' piece on Michael Myers asking "Why should I vote?" was revealing and somewhat astounding. Myers' comments that no matter who's elected, nothing ever changes.

Really? We elected Ronald Reagan and got lower taxes, a stronger military and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Our upcoming election features President Bush versus the most liberal senator in the nation, John Kerry.

Bush lowered taxes; Kerry consistently votes against tax cuts. Bush will engage terrorists wherever they exist - preferably on their soil.

Kerry will increase funds for first-responders to pick us up after we're attacked. If Myers can't see the difference, I think he needs to examine his perspectives.

What is most revealing is that Mr. Myers would like a socialized health care system (like Canada's), likes paying social security taxes, and thinks the war in Iraq was done to boost the U.S. economy.

Um hum.My recommendation is that Myers move to Canada where he can pay high taxes, wait in line for routine health care, slip in to the U.S. for surgeries, and adopt the pacifist agenda that pretends 09/11 never happened. As for me, I'm voting for President Bush.

John Olson
Hagerstown




I'm sorry I didn't


To the editor:

Dear Michael:

In November of 2000, I had plenty of excuses for not voting -- my full-time job, my hectic commute, the needs of my husband and 2-year-old daughter, fatigue from the baby on the way.

Those were actually just convenient excuses. The bottom line was that I didn't think my vote would matter. I felt that Al Gore would prevail in my home state of West Virginia and throughout the country. I also thought that, even if Gore didn't win, how bad could George W. Bush do as president?

Fast-forward to now. As a stay-at-home mom of three, I see first-hand the fallout of this Republican president and I know that we cannot afford another four years with him in charge. The tax cuts to the wealthy haven't trickled down to the rest of us. Health-care costs continue to spiral up.

Our environmental and workplace safety rules have been weakened. We're bogged down in a war in Iraq, we've alienated our allies worldwide and we're failing to devote the attention and resources we should to fight terrorists. I could go on.

George W. Bush won West Virginia by only a slim margin and nationally barely captured the electoral college numbers he needed. If more Americans like me had taken time to vote, Al Gore would be in the White House today and as Nov. 2 approached we'd be talking about how our Democratic incumbent would continue the prosperity for another four years.

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