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Letters to the editor

November 17, 2004

We're not simple, we're simply right


To the editor:

The unrelenting and vindictive pursuit to remove President Bush from office, by portraying our country as a divided nation on the verge of an all-out class war, failed. Examine the county-by-county map of the United States and you can pore over all the red seeping into and around the various geographical boundaries, outlining very small areas of blue.

The fact is that America is not a divided battleground, but a country in a deliberate, yet gradual, transition toward a more conservative nation. It's quite simple, like painting by numbers. Yet, for some, even the best educated, the most artistic, it's hard to accept.

Maybe it's based on fear that the "reds" are coming, invading their stylistic and post-modern homes, stealing their coveted copies of Harper's and Architectural Digest to use as kindling for an open pit beef barbecue. How revolting that would be, such desecration and disrespect!

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Those of the "cultural elite," the royal families from the Upper West Side and Georgetown, the Lady Maureen Dowds and Lord Garry Wills of the country have decided to ridicule their fellow countrymen and women with disingenuous remarks and callous insults aimed at the majority of the American people.

Once called champions of tolerance and inclusion, these liberal elitists have become the champions of condescending intolerance. Their out-of-touch behavior is certainly demonstrated by their supercilious commentary. And if that is not haughty enough, it seems that a majority of us are too dim-witted for not seeing it their way.

Comparing Americans to Islamic terrorists waging jihad is reprehensible, to suggest we're "morons" and "stupid" because we believe in the Immaculate Conception is certainly beyond the pale of intolerance. Voting your conscience over your wallet, well that's just being a "simpleton" - 59,729,952 Americans currently face such animosity and disregard. When facing a strike to the face from a malicious New York Times columnist, or any other for that matter, the only thing I know to do is to "turn the other cheek." Call me simple, call me right, call me red, just call me a fellow American!

Peter N. Angle
Hagerstown




Bush continues to ignore real problems


To the editor:

This letter is being written to address my deep concerns about the state of our nation under the Bush administration. Before Bush was given the election, our country was involved with the United Nations, the Kyoto Protocol (to stop global warming), close to a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, and in negotiations with North Korea on nuclear control. Within six months, the Bush administration scuttled all of these actions.

Before Bush and under Clinton, our intelligence agencies identified al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden as a clear threat to America. There were many actions taken that thwarted efforts to blow up the Los Angeles airport, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the United Nations and the Israeli embassy.

Our intelligence agencies also neutralized dozens of terrorist cells overseas. All of this information was made known to the Bush administration and ignored. Why has the Bush administration not been held responsible for 9/11?

Under Bush, 1 percent of the wealth in the country controls the rest of us. We have the largest deficit in our history and the projection for the cost of the Iraq invasion is at $278 billion. Job losses here to overseas, fewer well paid jobs, loss of health care and loss of social services have all become a major concern to millions of Americans.

Our nation has had the admiration and respect of the world because of the knowledge and fairness established by our Constitution. It has been the heart and soul of our country. Now, under the guise of the National Security Act, we stand to lose our civil liberty, privacy rights, equal justice and an independent and unbiased judicial system. The health security that is paramount to most senior citizens is under attack. These would be Medicare and Medicaid.

Our free public schools are under attack with testing and teacher qualification that can only be attained through government monies. The Bush administration has cut public school funding and threatens to fund vouchers for private and religious schools.

The Constitution was established to separate state and church. Most wars that are being fought today are based on religious intolerance. Do we want this to happen to America?

Louise Kadel
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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