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Letters to the editor

August 16, 2007

Why can't we learn from history?



To the editor:

One by one, as we see supporters of President Bush's war policy in his own party abandon ship, many more troops have been lost at a cost of $60 billion since the increase last winter. The present administration says "No shift in strategy!"

After months of silence, Colin Powell, in an interview with Matt Lauer, tells of being virtually ignored by a president obsessed with invading Iraq, a country that was no direct threat to us.

Anyone who publicly disagrees with the administration is dismissed as irrelevant (Jimmy Carter), not in the loop (Paul O'Neill) or discredited by any means necessary (Joe Wilson).

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As the president's time in office winds down, he becomes more desperate, as the threat to his legacy increases and his incompetence becomes more apparent, even to those who voted for him. Oddly enough, some supporters and apologists continue to write letters to the editor.

Four and a half years ago, millions of Americans sat glued to the TV as Iraq was introduced to its first installment of "Shock and Awe," (terrorism)! Since then the Iraqis have been subjected to almost daily acts of violence at the hands of their own people. They know the meaning of terrorism. To Americans, terrorism is an outdoor toilet.

The damage done to American prestige and respect during this time, the mounting national debt, and as potential enemies increase their military power, particularly in atomic weapons and the means to deliver them, our military becomes more stretched and equipment wears out. A new generation of terrorists is now being recruited as their leaders are saying, "Thanks, America, for invading Iraq!"

The chipping away of our constitutional rights in the name of providing safety and security (a farce), illegal confinement of suspected terrorists, obsession with secrecy and playing fast and loose with the truth should be cause for concern for those of us who value our freedom.

Congress should have the guts to respect the will of the American people and withhold funding. Bring the troops home now and stop worrying about all the rhetoric that doing so would create chaos. Isn't that what we have there now?

As many await with baited breath the progress report due out in September from the top U.S. commander in Iraq, be assured it will emphasize the decrease (so far) of American battle casualties, and downplay the increase in Iraqi civilian losses and suggest more time is needed. During the Vietnam conflict, Gen. William Westmoreland's infamous statement, "We can see the light at the end of the tunnel," was followed by the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, which fueled the anti-war rallies that helped end that war. Can history truly repeat itself?

Larry S. Bailey
Mercersburg, Pa.




Shared parenting rallies are this week



To the editor:

Due to the concern of the following two organizations - Maryland Fathers Rights League, and president Edward Taylor and West Virginia Men and Women Against Discrimination and regional director Fred Schermerhorn - it has been made possible through the support of some West Virginia local communities and counties to schedule the C.R.I.S.P.E. (Childrens' Rights Initiative for Sharing Parents Equally) bus, to stop today at the courthouse in Cumberland, Md.

The address is 30 Washington St., Cumberland, MD 21502.

There the two organizations, along with the C.R.I.S.P.E. bus staff, will be holding a rally from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The organizations will be in support of 50/50 shared parenting, grandparents' visitation rights and sibling visitation rights.

This rally will directly benefit concerned local citizens of Hampshire, Mineral, Hardy, Grant, Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan and Pendleton counties in West Virginia. The C.R.I.S.P.E. bus originated out of California. It has been zigzagging throughout the United States since early June.

The purpose of the bus is to promote 50/50 shared parenting throughout the United States. Its final destination is Washington, D.C. On Aug. 18.

In Washington, D.C., there will be a rally in favor of 50/50 shared parenting involving the states and their supporting groups throughout the U.S.

Robb Mackenzie and Robert Pederson are pedaling 700 miles from Lansing, Mich. to Washington, D.C., to participate in the shared parenting rally. As they are riding through the different states, they are also attempting to focus the public's attention on the flawed family law system that needs an immediate overhaul for the sake of saving our children.

C.R.I.S.P.E. is expecting up to 100,000 participants in the Washington, D.C., rally for 50/50 shared parenting. For information regarding this event, call 304-822-7928.

Fred E. Schermerhorn
Springfield, W.Va.

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