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Letters to the Editor

January 06, 2009

Why do folks hate President Bush?



To the editor:

So many times I have read the opinions of some local residents about the president of the United States and I wonder how they could hate someone so much for keeping our country safe over the last seven years.

I really believe that one day history will be very kind to George Bush. The problem is that people on the left have been whining over the 2000 election for the last eight years. Get over it! Many independent recounts were done over the years following and it was determined that George Bush had won. You can say that he wasn't elected all you want, but that would just be a lie.

Some of the items Burr Loomis mentioned were illogical. 1. Ken Lay worked for Enron and last I checked that was a private entity not owned by Bush or the government. 2. Yes bin Laden was determined to strike in 2001. He was also determined to strike in 2000, 1999, 1998 and so on.

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Bill Clinton had a chance to take this evil man out but chose not to. I'm not blaming him, but there are mistakes that were made.

3. Patriot Act, indefinite detention and Guantanamo. I might have to give up some privacy but I would rather be slightly inconvenienced than to have my country attacked.

I also think we have to detain people for whatever length who want to destroy our country. Could you provide another place to jail these killers?

4. Mission Accomplished. If you weren't so liberal, you would have listened to our servicepeople who said they put that banner up because their mission had ended and they were proud of what they had done.

5. Tax cuts. I have to thank Mr. Bush, because, being in the middle class I've benefitted tremendously from these tax cuts. I cringe to think what will happen when our new president decides to raise taxes.

George Bush took the fight to the enemy so that we wouldn't have to fight them here. We were so vulnerable to an attack after Sept. 11, 2001, and I believe the policies were put into place to keep us safe. Thank you, Mr. Bush, and enjoy your retirement.

James Jones
Hagerstown




Time for Israel to crush Hamas



To the editor:

Israel has Hamas in the cross-hairs and is in position to eliminate this evil, cancerous growth infecting the Middle East. Hamas is an enemy to Israel, the U.S. and the West in general. Predictably, the international community is once again calling for a cease-fire. Historically, cease-fires have proven useless and ineffective, solving nothing and leaving the roots of conflict unresolved. Frankly, I would love to see Israel press on and wipe out Hamas once and for all.

In war, there is no substitute for victory.

Merl Rinehart
Hagerstown




Cancer society does great deal to fight disease



To the editor:

As a four-year survivor of colon cancer I feel obligated and qualified to rebut Pete Seville's letter of Nov. 4.

Cancer, regardless of type or physical location requires (usually) lengthy and often expensive treatment(s).

In many cases, the patient is unable to continue working at his or her job, putting a tremendous strain on the family budget. This is on top of an emotional disaster for all concerned.

The American Cancer Society assists those who have exhausted their medical benefits, short term or long term disability benefits and assists with medications, counseling for both the patient and family and provides "Hope Lodge," a hostel for the family to stay in while the patient is in treatment away from home, at no cost to the family.

And yes, a portion of the funds raised goes toward continuing research into the causes and treatment of cancer. Were it not for the efforts of the ACS, I would have lost my father in 1972.

He survived an additional 26 years after his diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer that at one time was a done-deal killer.

No, Mr. Seville, money is not a cure. But without our continued support, many of those in treatment might lose their homes, their families and their lives. One in three Americans knows someone who has or is fighting this disease. That, sir, is a fact.

For all of these reasons, I will continue to help the American Cancer Society raise the funds needed to carry the fight to the bitter end. I sincerely hope you will reconsider your position, and join us in this battle.

Cory Eyler
Hagerstown

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