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March 25, 2006|By William F. Jones

It has been more that four years since Sept. 11, 2001, and the country is still hysterical about it. Let's look at it objectively instead of emotionally.

I mean no disrespect to the victims. It was a horrible catastrophe and my sympathies are with the victims, their families and friends and the heroic firefighters and police who died or were injured in their brave determination to do their duty.

But let's look at other catastrophes. Around 50,000 die each year on the highways of this country. That is 200,000 dead and millions injured since 9/11. Statistics indicate that up to half of these fatalities are alcohol- related. Think how much safer our highways would be if just half the effort in Iraq was diverted to making our highways safer.

Let's not forget illegal drugs. I have no credible statistics on drug-related deaths, but surely with drug dealers killing each other, death from overdoses and other deaths due indirectly to drugs the total must be as much or more as death on the highways. That would mean that almost a half-million people dead from two other causes since 9/11. We seem to take this in stride. Where is our perspective?

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The one action of President Bush that I applaud is his pursuit of al Qaeda in Afghanistan. That was a proper response. It has pretty much broken the back of al Qaeda, but has not killed it. It is not my intent to ignore them, but we are using a cannon to kill a gnat.

Carelessness in government allowed the infiltration of al Qaeda into this country and we paid the price. Do not forget that government authorities had considered the possibility of terrorists using hijacked planes as flying bombs before 9/11, but did nothing about it.

No planes have been hijacked since protective measures have been set in place. Even the attack by al Qaeda was not efficiently carried out. Of the four planes involved, only the two that hit the twin towers accomplished their mission. The Pentagon plane partially damaged its objective and the fourth plane crashed without carrying out its mission, due to the heroics of its passengers.

It seems to me that every time people start looking closely at President Bush's actions, we hear a rumor of a subway, dam or bridge to be bombed. As a result, our country shows hysteria and we are being manipulated by fear. George Bush has made puppets of us all. Let's face it. George Bush has made fools of us.

President Bush says we are winning in Iraq, but what are we? As Pogo says, "We have met the enemy and it is us!" We need to get realistic in our apprehensions. This Bush regime is using every tactic to undermine our constitutional rights. His boogy man is a terrorist behind every tree.

This administration appears to be the most corrupt in history. The number of congressmen and officials now under indictment or investigation is appalling. As a moderate Republican, my heroes are Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. I do not believe this administration represents the true Republican party that I have admired for years.

I first voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 1940. I have now disassociated myself from the current party leaders, whom I do not trust. The party has been going away from its foundations since Tricky Dick Nixon and Spiro Agnew, although Ronald Reagan tried to bring it back on track. George Bush senior was credible in office.

Bill Clinton gets a lot of flack, and his personal life was no role model, but he was the best president since Dwight Eisenhower. It is what a president accomplishes, not his personal life, that counts. There are no angels in politics. The country was at its most prosperous during the Clinton administration. Today, the Bush administration is touting its prosperity but anyone or any organization can look very prosperous when borrowing $9 trillion. That is a bombshell waiting to burst into the worst depression we've ever had. It will make the 1930s look like a picnic. Clinton had a balanced budget, was lowering the debt, and had a surplus of around $1 billion. That is good management.

I say that those who vote solely for a party label are traitors to our country and that includes both office holders and citizens. Our first political loyalty should be to our country, our second to our families and party a far third. We need good people in office, regardless of party affiliation. Let's look at where we have been, where we are and where we are heading. I believe the country is totally out of focus.

Let's bring America back to America. We can do it in the next election. Vote for the good of the country.

William F. Jones

Williamsport

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