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Letters to the Editor

September 14, 2007

Romney's record stays the course



To the editor:

A recent letter to the editor accused Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney of holding many different positions. This is peculiar, considering Romney has been a committed conservative against the toughest odds in one of the most liberal states, Massachusetts. As governor, Romney balanced the budget without raising taxes, closed a $3 billion budget deficit and turned around Massachusetts's job losses by adding 60,000 jobs.

Romney is the only governor to insure that every citizen has affordable health care insurance. While Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton promoted a government takeover of the health care system, which would have cost billions in new taxes and limited private choice, the Romney reforms were market based. As president, Romney proposes changing the tax code so people can purchase private based health insurance, instead of solely through employers.

As governor, Romney authorized the state police to arrest illegal immigrants and has been a consistent voice in defending traditional marriage. After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Council legalized same sex marriage, Romney led the charge to protect the sanctity of marriage by urging his state, as well as Congress, to enact a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a women.

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Unlike Clinton, who continually changes her position on the most important issue of the day, the war on terror, Romney has been a consistent voice supporting our troops and the policies that have protected the American homeland for the past six years.

However, like President Ronald Reagan, who as governor of California signed one of the most liberal abortion laws in the nation, Mitt Romney feels that the 1.5 million abortions performed annually in this nation, as reported by Planned Parenthood and the CDC, are a tragedy. Just as Reagan changed his position, and took a principled pro-life stand, so has Romney.

Romney, also like Reagan, has not spent his whole life in government. Romney founded one successful business and saved another. In 2002, he was called upon, and rescued the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He turned around a $379 million shortfall and in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, managed a $300 million Olympic security budget.

We do not need the same inside-the-beltway politicians of the past. Our nation needs new leadership and Mitt Romney is that leader.

John B. Dunlap
Hagerstown




Without progress, war should end



To the editor:

Some people have called for America to strive for victory in Iraq. My question is, victory over the terrorists? Victory over the Iraq people? My belief is that anyone who believes this is anything other than a civil war is in a fog. The three factions of people in Iraq have been fighting for centuries and will continue to fight after we leave.

My belief is if Saddam Hussein had been the leader of Iceland we would not have invaded Iceland. This is all about oil and the Americanization of the Middle East. Who appointed America the policeman of the world?

We are slowly destroying a culture that existed long before we did. I believe as long as American troops are doing the bulk of the fighting the Iraq troops will only make minimal efforts.

I also believe it is time for the Bush administration to admit it launched an ill-conceived, ill-planned and under-financed invasion. Once they admit this then they need to conclude it is time to withdraw.

The bottom line is, we have made no progress. The terrorist attacks have not decreased. Unfortunately, for many Americans, this has become a forgotten war. It is my opinion this war cannot end in anything but disgrace, so why not bring home our troops before more Iraq and American lives are lost?

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg




Navy food wasn't so hot, either



To the editor:

I was amused by the article in the Aug. 27 Monday Baltimore Sun entitled "Mealtimes leave kids hungry for more."

It reminded me of a breakfast that we Navy veterans endured when we were out to sea about a week or more. They gave it the title "stuff on shingles."

It was essentially toasted egg on bread.

Neil Imhoff
Baltimore, Md.

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