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Letters to the editor

October 31, 2004

Bush is no Abe Lincoln


To the editor:

In his letter (Oct. 3), Mr. Metzel names previous presidents who have been criticized in their time for the forceful actions they took during their tenure in the White House. Trying to liken Bush to them does not work.

All were brilliant men who had read widely, who could speak correct, beautiful English, who had traveled extensively (yes, even Lincoln considering how small his world was), who knew the history of the countries and the people they dealt with (yes, even "the little haberdasher from Missouri") and who could stand on their feet and speak without the help of a text written for them by someone else.

To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen in his debate with Dan Quayle "We know T. Jefferson, A. Lincoln, F.D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and, Mr. Bush, you are like none of them."

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Mrs. J. Jacobs
Hagerstown




Choose Bush, a proven leader


To the editor:

The day is nearly upon us when we Americans will choose our next leader and commander in chief of the armed forces. This choice is not for who appears and orates the best on television. It is not for a Democrat or Republican or any other political partisan. It is not about campaign promises, for most of us haven't got a single clue what it's like to be the president and have to deal with its realities.

Most of all, this choice is not about issues. This choice is truly about right or wrong, good or evil, and the life or death of this great nation. Will you choose for your leader a man who knows he cannot adequately serve without help from someone greater than himself? A man who knows that he must be seeking out the right thing to do, and then doing it unswervingly?

Or will you choose a man who has changed his positions like a weather vane about his military service and for his entire political career? Will you choose for your leader a man who will uphold the sanctity of human life from conception, and seek to overturn the so-called "right" to slaughtering babies on the altars of convenience, materialism and embryonic stem-cell research?

Or will you choose a man who says he will reinstate the butchery of partial-birth abortion, who says he will appoint only pro-abortion federal judges and Supreme Court justices, and who says he will spend our taxpayer dollars doing research on embryos, flying in the face of current, amply documented and demonstrated health-care progress through adult stem-cell research?

Please, my fellow citizens, make a choice on Nov. 2 and let it be counted at the polling places. Your vote is your right and your responsibility - and it really, really makes a difference!

Kathryn Freese
Greencastle Pa.




Bush track record isn't good


To the editor:

Since 1972, I have voted in eight presidential elections. The 2004 presidential election is the first one since Sept. 11, 2001, and it is more important than the eight previous elections. What is my greatest fear?

I am honestly not partisan. I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats.

I voted for George W. Bush in 2000. I thought that Bush would be fiscally responsible with the federal government's surplus. I was wrong. As the Texas governor, Bush accomplished things by working with the Democrats. I thought that Bush would do this as president of the United States. I was wrong.

The Bush campaign wants the smoke to cover up the fact that this election is a referendum on George W. Bush.

What is the Bush track record?

His first term will show a net loss of jobs. Under Bush's watch, more Americans are at poverty level and more Americans are without health insurance. No free society can survive without a strong middle class. The federal deficit is at an all time high and China is floating us loans.

Bush started a war that Canada, our neighbor, did not support. The repercussions from the war in Iraq will be felt for at least a generation. In the meantime, America's borders are not being adequately guarded.

Giving any president a second term is the ultimate trust. When we re-elect any president, we give him a blank check. My greatest fear is giving George W. Bush a blank check.

Bob Stang
Hagerstown




Prison system on the brink


To the editor:

Let me begin by stating the following views are personal and not representative of the division of corrections. As a veteran correctional officer for almost 16 years, I find Capt. Doggett's claim of five inmates to one correctional officer at Maryland Correctional Instutution-Hagerstown quite bizarre. Having spent my entire career at MCI, I would welcome those odds with enthusiasm.

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