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So who won those Bush and Kerry Bears? Read on

October 13, 2004

(Editor's note: Last week, The Herald-Mail asked readers to tell its editorial page staff, in 50 words or less, why either George W. Bush or John Kerry should be elected president.

Writers of the best two letters were promised a collectible campaign bear from The Lighter Side catalog. The winners' names will appears at the end of the column.)




To the editor:

President Bush has a deep Christian faith and realizes he needs to rely on God to help him make the right decisions and to protect and guide our nation.

We can rely on him to use prayer and wise counsel to make wise decisions and to stand by them.

William R. Campbell
Hagerstown




To the editor:

Vote for John F. Kerry, 2004 hero. He's steering, with unerring eye and steady hand, through fogs of judgements, twisted interpretations, outright falsifications, nasty low-down hits and deliberate misunderstandings by his opponents.

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He carries workable plans, had the wisdom to choose worthy mates and isn't jealous of Edwards' hair.

Rachel T. Bowers
Hagerstown




To the editor:

George Bush. The major concern of an American today, since the tragedy of 9/11, is our safety in this great country.

Bush has proven a no-nonsense stance against those that would have us live in fear. I want the security for my children to experience the liberties I have enjoyed.

Bill Sterner
Hancock




To the editor:

This nation has been truly blessed many times. The Axis powers nearly defeated America and its allies in World War II. September 2001 was another of those times. Our nation was being led by a man of convictions, one who was determined that we could overcome attack. He deserves re-election.

Ned A. Garrett
Hagerstown




To the editor:

President Bush should be re-elected. He is an honest man. He never made promises he couldn't keep. Back when he was elected into office, he said it would take a long time to turn things around.

When the U.S. was attacked, President Bush didn't hide. He was in the public eye. He is not a coward.

The interest rates have never been lower. I believe President Bush will accomplish more if re-elected.

Sharon Kelly
Hagerstown




To the editor:

I am voting for John Kerry because I believe we need new leadership.

I believe President Bush has isolated the U.S. and John Kerry can repair our foreign policy.

John Kerry has a better understanding of working families' issues, health care, prescription drugs, the exporting of jobs and Social Security.

Bob Stang
Hagerstown




To the editor:

Our Constitution directs that the president can only spend the funds as appropriated by Congress and must act as directed by the laws Congress writes and passes.

The Democratic Party has controlled the legal machinery since the 1930s and has cynically used that to offer hope to the people, but never delivered. The value of the dollar has shrunk to 7 cents since then, social programs are in a shambles and the Dems claim "help is on the way."

If they could not fix these problems for 60 years, why should anyone believe them?

I believe that a second term for G.W. Bush, a man of principles, could move Congress to really fix the pressing social issues. John Kerry will merely offer more Democratic pap.

Tom Immer
Hagerstown




To the editor:

John Kerry doesn't preach his religion in violation of our Constitution's basic precepts. He doesn't champion war as a means of converting other nations to our culture, but demonstrated that he will fight to protect our country. He recognized the weaknesses in the too-hastily-passed prescription drug bill.

Barbara L. Norris
Martinsburg, W.Va.




Ned Garrett and Barbara L. Norris made strong arguments while meeting the 50-word limit, which is what we were trying to get letter-writers to do. For that, we're giving each of them them one campaign teddy bear. Thanks to all who participated.

Are contests like this a good thing? E-mail us at opinion@herald-mail.com or write Editorial Page Editor, The Herald-Mail, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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