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February 12, 2005

Freedom vs. dictators

To the editor:

It's hard for me to believe that the civilized world overlooks the terrible sneaking murderous acts of the insurgents in Iraq. I think we should hear the outrage from the U.N., France, Germany and all other freedom-loving people. These power-seeking misguided people killing innocent men, women and children should be labeled as the evil people that they are.

My heart goes out to our soldiers (angels of mercy) in Iraq - they don't know who the enemy is, all looking the same until they commit a terrible act against them. It reminds me of the phrase "wolves in sheep's clothing." Just remember this, if those insurgent thugs would lay down their arms, the conflict would be over, period. Then freedom and human rights would come to Iraq.

I know there are different views of what we should be doing about terrorism in this country. Even we in the U.S. are not united and are not outraged to the extent that I feel we should be. This fight is not a simple effort against another opposing army. It's freedom and human rights against dictators and persecution.


I think these terrorists are putting far-reaching fear and intimidation into people everywhere. Again, I'd like to hear more outrage against the Insurgents from the world Council of Churches, the Vatican and from all peace and freedom loving people everywhere. Support our troops and our country and we will prevail against these forces of evil.

Jacob Myers


Chief does great job

To the editor:

Hancock's Chief of Police Donald Gossage displayed courage above and beyond the call of duty when he posed for a picture to demonstrate his willingness to participate in our annual Health Olympics and encourage others to improve their health by joining the Health Olympic team.

Ever since he arrived in Hancock, Chief Gossage has been a positive asset to our community. He has handled his work with wisdom and intelligence.

He knew how the future would be affected by the actions of our children. He has worked hard in order to know our children before there was trouble. In order to accomplish this, the chief spent time in our schools, and he talked to the teachers.

He knew many students by name and recognized them. He announced some of our athletic games. He kept track of the games and recorded extensive stories of the action in his newspaper articles. Many of these articles will be kept in scrapbooks and treasured for many years.

It would be interesting to hear from our students. I wish that my sons and daughters had had the same news advantage. In the old days. we were told that if we wrote articles ourselves the news media would consider publishing them. Bill Sterner wrote many great articles, but it was difficult to write while coaching the teams.

Chief Gossage also has the knowledge and ability to apply for grant money to finance some of the improvements needed by our Hancock Police Department. He has been actively pursuing different grants and has obtained grant money for improvements our small town could not have afforded.

His expertise in this area was probably one of the reasons he was hired. With grant money, he has bought cameras to place in strategic areas and this has helped prevent as well as solve crimes.

We now have a police dog, Rambo, who can detect illegal substances and in many ways deter criminal behavior. Rambo is under the training and watchful eye of Officer T. J. Buskirk. It would be interesting to see a list of all this grant money we received and how it was used to improve our town.

I think that the Health Olympics picture provides an opportunity for us to say "Thank you, Chief Gossage, for your courage, your abilities and your sense of humor but most of all, for caring for our children - our future!"

Marion R. Thomas


Figures aren't conservative

To the editor:

How much exposure does a president need? He doesn't need any more public attention after his first inauguration. How much more recognition is necessary for the confirmation? The American people don't need the unnecessary exhibition and fanfare. His first four years in office should be enough to establish his legacy. How much exposure is necessary to make him recognized? That exhibition of introduction is a costly farce and downright waste of tax money.

There is a tremendous amount of money involved and that "show" is probably not sanctioned by the majority of the conservative party.

That $40-plus million could have been used to build a couple of school houses in somebody's town. That amount of money surely could be put to better use than the transition from the president's first term to his second.

Arthur P. Keifer


Help still needed for tsunami victims

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