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Letters to the editor

October 28, 2004

Shame on Kerry


To the editor:

After serving a one-year tour in Vietnam, I returned home, proud of the little contribution I gave to my country and the people of South Vietnam. My company and I spent many off-duty hours confiscating lumber from the base and using it to build or repair homes in the nearby villages.

We also collected money to buy children clothes and food. I was very proud. Then, I listened to John Kerry tell Congress how I and my buddies cut off the ears of children and other terrible acts. He is a very convincing speaker, but is a liar and should be ashamed of how he hurt the feelings of all the proud Vietnam vets.

Dick Caricofe
Hagerstown




It's not even close


To the editor:

It's Kerry. Kerry by a country mile. Let's compare them.

Kerry: High school athlete, serious student, war hero, public servant.

Bush: Cheerleader, poor student, draft dodger, unsuccessful businessman (until he got the taxpayers of Arlington, Texas, to build a stadium with public funds on land "taken" from the owners).

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It's not even close. Go Kerry, beat Bush.

Bill Wilcox
Shepherdstown, W.Va.




Show top Iraqi some respect


To the editor:

When the prime minister of Iraq was at the U.N., he was walking and shaking hands with the members of the House and Senate. Sen. Barbara Mikulski was in the front line.

As the prime minister approached her, she kept her hands down in front of her, refusing to acknowledge his handshake and turned her head away, snubbing him.

Such childish behavior is most unbecoming. How can a representative of Congress fail to show respect for a head of state? I would hope that an apology would be offered by Sen. Mikulski, or has she reached such a comfort zone that manners are overlooked?

Roby Hager
Rohrersville




The Bush mistakes


To the editor:

Twice on national television, George Bush has been given the opportunity to name a mistake he has made as president. Twice, he has been unable to come up with a single response. That tells me that his biggest mistake has been to assume that the American people are either not smart enough or not informed enough about what has taken place in his administration.

If Bush were to ask Americans what mistakes they feel he has made, I believe that they might be able to come up with a few more than he did.

For example, Mr. Bush, you signed a report that endorsed the outsourcing of our jobs, you underfunded No Child Left Behind, you told us that Iraq possessed WMDs, you ignored the State Department's plan for winning the peace in Iraq and you have not taken effective action to rectify the problem of 45 million people being without health insurance.

About 3.8 million will lose their retiree coverage under your Medicare law and you have not done much to bring down the cost of health-care coverage and prescription drugs.

Those are just a few of the responses that Bush could have made, but evidently, he thinks that we believe his misleading ads and spin. A great mistake was made four years ago when Bush was placed in the White House. Hopefully we - not the Supreme Court - can make sure that mistake does not happen again this Nov. 2. Vote for John Kerry!

Brenda Miller
Gerrardstown, W.Va.




A clear contrast


To the editor:

The debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards reinforced the drastic difference in philosophies between the two parties. Edwards effectively portrayed an optimistic alternative for the direction of the country while effectively pointing out the indefensible record of the current administration.

In typical form, Cheney simply kept repeating the tired Orwellian mantra his administration refuses to budge on, stating that everything is going well.

I believe that Edwards' performance (and Kerry's previous debate) offered Americans a viable alternative to the politics of fear and division the Republicans present. The Republicans cannot run on their record, so they fall back on smear, character assassination and doublespeak to obscure reality.

The ultimate insult to our intelligence was when Cheney tried to include the number of Iraqi casualties and costs into the coalition numbers in a pathetic attempt to deny that Americans have borne 90 percent of the costs in this pre-emptive war. It is ludicrous to consider Iraqis as part of the coalition. How can the people you invaded be considered part of the "coalition of the willing"? Did they invade themselves?

Fred Vila
Middletown, Md.




Are we satisfied?


To the editor:

In his recent column on Washington County's growing pains ("Complex solution to elementary problem"), Tim Rowland says: "It appears this wave of overcrowding is likely to begin marching its way up the grades, eventually affecting middle and high schools as well."

In fact, the growth started at the high-school level, while elementary- grade enrollment has stayed static for the past five years. The "real" numbers can be easily downloaded from the Maryland State Department of Education Web site.

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