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Letters to the editor

October 19, 2004

Programs not paid for


To the editor:

The second debate between John Kerry and George Bush was very telling and demonstrated some things that, I hope, other people saw too.

John Kerry, as John Edwards did in the previous debate, was appropriately calling this administration on its unfunded mandates (No Child Left Behind) and loss of jobs, insurance and safety.

While John Kerry gave specific examples of how he will shift policies and practices back to fiscal responsibility, George Bush attacked and derided Kerry. What has Bush done for this country that has truly made us safer or stronger?

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George Bush has shown through his statements and actions that he and his administration are the ones that "waffle." They say they will implement a program, then they don't fund it. They call for clean air, then change regulations to make dirty mean clean. They have drug companies and energy companies write policies that will benefit stockholders and boards of directors instead of the electorate.

I want a plan for the future. I want a president who will tell me the truth, even if it is not what I want to hear. I want a country that is not seen as a hypocritical, monopolizing empire by the rest of the world. George Bush has shown that he has not and cannot give me what I want.

John Kerry has shown that he will defend the people of this country from those that seek to undermine it, whether it is the top 1 percent and the companies they own or foreign powers that are trying to buy us out or blow us up.

Dan Reeser
Hagerstown




Bush decisions have been correct


To the editor:

Negative attitudes on the part of "Bush haters" in this country are ruining this greatest country in the world.

I am certain that our resolute, intelligent president thought of many potential courses available to him as the leader of our wonderful nation. President Bush told his fellow Americans and the whole world that those who attack us will be brought to justice and those who harbor these attackers will be brought to justice also.

Our leader has not forgotten the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. Osama bin Laden, and al Queda are on our leaders' enemy list. The billions of dollars that our focused commander-in-chief has spent, and surely will spend, on this war is peanuts when it is traded for our freedom. The other costly social and educational programs are in second place to freedom. As the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., aptly declares, "Freedom is not free."

Osama bin Laden may or may not have been killed. I do know that we've gotten hundreds of his followers.

As stated in a recent letter, the Middle East culture is very different from our culture (not complete opposites). Culture is not reason for France, Germany and Russia to decline to support of the war on Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein owed and funneled billions of dollars to these countries through the U.N. oil-for-food program. Why would they support the defeat of their "money cow," Saddam Hussein?

We did find "the weapon of mass destruction" in a six-foot dirt hole with a full beard. That cowardly dictator is responsible for the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of his own people. WMDs are found in many sizes and shapes. Saddam is one of those shapes.

Liberal "Bush haters" incessantly try to place timetables on troop deployment. Fighting in a terrorist war is very different than fighting a war with a sovereign nation. Our troops have been occupying Japan 60 years, Germany 60 years, Korea over 50 years, Bosnia over 10 years. Is this George W. Bush's fault?

President Bush's post-9/11 decisions have been correct. After practically 10 terrorist attacks during Bush's predecessor's administration, just about nothing was done to answer these invasions on our American way of life.

John Keely
Hagerstown




Help needed at home


To the editor:

The U.S. has turned into the schoolyard bully. Our money needs to be spent on running this country, providing for our seniors, our children, the less advantaged, saving our environment, securing our borders and fixing a whole bunch of internal problems.

Vote Kerry-Edwards.

Donna L. Reeves
Falling Waters, W.Va.




Narrow views have no place in laws


To the editor:

Friends and fellow citizens, I write today out of a sense of embarrassment and outrage. It is appalling that someone like Del. Chris Shank would presume to subvert the right of due process and redress in the courts both of the State of Maryland and the United States.

And when he and a group of his cronies presume to speak for "the people," when they do this, it is nothing short of hubris and arrogance rooted in ignorance, bigotry, xenophobia and homophobia.

Must I remind Shank that it was "activist judges" who integrated our school system from day care through college. It was "activist judges" who affirmed that a woman, not the courts, has an absolute right over the domain of her body. It was "activist judges" who finally gave women the right to vote, and the dignity of not being treated as property.

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