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'Get the boys out of Iraq'

January 16, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE - The question was, "What would you like to see President George W. Bush accomplish during his second term?"

The answer from Tri-State area residents often was the same, but in their own words.

"Get us out of Iraq," said Donna Wynkoop, 36, of Waynesboro, Pa.

"Stop the war," said James Zawatski, 35, of Hagerstown.

"Bring all my boys home from Iraq," said Kenny Kirby, 58, of Martinsburg, W.Va. "I'm a retired military guy and I'd just like to see that happen."

Social Security, health care, taxes and debt also were concerns of Tri-State area residents, but most of the people surveyed on Saturday talked about the troops and Iraq.

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"I'd like to see an end to the war," said Mary Harris, 60, of Williamsport.

Latisha Campbell, 29, of Hagerstown, wants Bush to stick to his word.

"Whatever he says he's going to do, stick to," she said.

"I don't support war, but I understand it's necessary at times," Campbell said. If Bush promises to help other countries, he needs to stick to it, she said.

Jeff Rhodes, 53, of Waynesboro, wants Bush to "draw to a close our overseas existence in Iraq. Let's not have another Vietnam."

Rhodes said he doesn't want the United States to leave the situation in Iraq hanging as the country did in the 1990s after the Persian Gulf War, but Bush needs to decrease our presence there so Iraq can self-govern.

Rhodes also wants Bush to improve education, but thinks his No Child Left Behind Act guidelines are "impossible to accomplish" and Bush didn't provide enough money for the plan.

Rhodes' son, Jared, 16, said the country is in a lot of debt.

"(Bush) wants to lower taxes, which is good, but you can't spend and lower taxes," Jared Rhodes said.

"I'd like to see him reduce the deficit," said Gerald Deavers, 55, of Waynesboro. "It's huge. I understand there's been difficult times, but it's time to work on that."

Deavers said Bush got a "pass" after 9/11 because it cost a lot to address security concerns, but Bush now must deal with the debt.

Retiree Gale Hendershot, 61, of Hagerstown, wants Bush to "make a difference" with Social Security and health care.

Charles Town, W.Va., resident Todd Milliron wants Bush to provide a long-term funding solution for Social Security, whether it's private or public money.

"It may not be easy," Milliron said.

Roger Strait, 50, of McConnellsburg, Pa., thinks Bush's Social Security plan, with people investing their own money, has a lot of merit. He also wants more funding for alternative fuels.

Durbin College, 66, of State Line, Pa., wants Bush to further evaluate his Social Security plan and avoid starting the draft again.

"Health insurance for everybody," was the answer of Frank Largent, 58, of Marlowe, W.Va.

Sue Horn, 47, of Chambersburg, Pa., also wants Bush to "Do something about health care. I think people that are on welfare shouldn't have any more right to health care than my daughter and I do."

Horn said she works full time and her daughter is a college student. Neither have health insurance.

Horn said Bush should do a better job of making sure everyone has health care.

"I think working people should have a shot at it," she said.

Rodney Boward, 29, of Hagerstown, wants Bush to lower taxes and get a handle on the war so troops can come home.

"I'd like to see him reform income taxes," said Jim Guthrie, 67, of Falling Waters, W.Va. "To cut out the loopholes that people are able to squeeze through. Make it fair for everyone."

Guthrie also wanted Bush to ensure funding of Social Security and provide better equipment and more personnel for the armed forces.

But when most people mentioned troops, it was about bringing them home.

"Get the boys out of Iraq. The men and women. That's it," said Williamsport resident Pat Householder, who is in her 60s.

Stephanie Mohr, 14, of Hagerstown, said, "Pull some of our men back out of the war."

"Less occupation overseas," said Kathy Rishell, 41, of Hagerstown.

Lacy Duewel-Zahniser, 23, of Martinsburg, said she wants the troops brought home and for Bush to tighten industrial emissions standards.

But when she first was asked what she would like Bush to accomplish in his second term, Duewel-Zahniser said, "Stepping down."

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