Letters to the editor

September 11, 2004

I'm for Bush

To the editor:

As the presidential election 2004 gets closer, we can't help but notice the rhetoric being put before the American voter by all the respective political parties. I, for one, am very deeply concerned about the outcome this November. While I'm concerned about fiscal issues, I am also very concerned about moral issues and that is principally the reason I'm voting to re-elect President Bush.

While no political party is free from hypocrisy, it has become quite evident that the Democratic Party is just about everything it should not be. Consider that special-interest organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, abortion rights and gay rights organizations, radical feminists, secular humanists, judges who are liberal extremists and many others who greatly affect the whole agenda of today's Democratic Party.

Anyone who is informed concerning the goals of these radical groups, whose favor Sen. John Kerry is courting, should see this as a red warning flag to every person who values moral integrity.


It's clear to me that if Sen. Kerry and his cohorts win in November, our great America will certainly go down the moral sliding board to depths of immorality that will be shocking and despicable to all who hold to Biblical values and standards.

So my mind is made up. President George W. Bush will be re-elected, if the American people use their good common sense, pure and simple.

As a Christian, I earnestly pray for my country every day. We need our president to continue in office for four more years to get our country to where God will bless us as He did in the past.

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.
Greencastle, Pa.

Kerry isn't a patriot

To the editor:

In his letter published Aug. 25, Robert E. "Bob" Ayrer of Falling Waters says he's confused. I couldn't agree more. Bob, we've never changed the definition of the word "patriot." It's always been defined as "one who loves his country and zealously supports its authority and interests." Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Clay were all patriots and so are the Swift Boat Veterans.

Every four years we have presidential elections to decide who will lead our country. With congressional elections every two years, we have plenty of opportunity to change our country's direction if we vote. If you want to construe this leadership as temporary, that's your right. Sen. Robert Byrd might take exception, however.

No thinking veteran would ever criticize another veteran's right to voice his opinions. He would however be highly critical if this so-called "patriot" bad-mouthed American soldiers, accused Vietnam veterans of war-time atrocities and destroyed the reputations of honest-to-goodness American heroes. The party affiliation of the president is not the question.

When the VFW Convention veterans turned their backs to Kerry, they were pointedly telling him they had no respect for his opinions or desires for the presidency. To them, he's a turncoat, not a patriot. He deserves to be pictured with Jane Fonda at the War Protesters Hall of War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. He earned every drop of their favor.

John L. Griffith

We can't change Mideast by force

To the editor:

Most of those who write about their objections to the Bush administration deal with what is inept or devious. Rarely do they deal with what can only be classed as stupid. The most glaring stupidity (and one that will haunt us for a very long time) is the Bush attempt to introduce western democratic principles into the Middle East by force of arms.

Culture is the cement that binds a population with bonds that resist alteration. Islamic societies are closed. Western values and ideas, as well as religions, are not welcome there. For example, they have not - and will not - accept the idea of separation of church and state after ages of theocratic practices. They hate our invasion of their turf and our continued presence on their soil.

Bush and his advisers have stirred up a hornet's nest that will sting us for a long time indeed. For every terrorist we catch, 10 more will be incubated to terrorize our children and their children. Islam is too widespread and too ingrained to be altered by an insignificant number of American soldiers. Bush has indeed bitten off more than he can chew.

As a teacher of sociology for more than 30 years, I was keenly aware of the many facets of culture - especially culture change. It quickly registered that Bush and his advisers seemed totally oblivious to what any student of society realizes almost intuitively: People do not want outsiders to tell them how to live. Only blind ideologues such as Bush and his advisers could have made such a blunder.

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