Letters to the editor
I’m concerned about the enormous price military families are paying for the war in Iraq. More than 500 American soldiers have died, and more than 3,000 have been wounded.
George Bush was not honest with military families or the rest of the country about why he felt that it was urgent to launch a pre-emptive war in Iraq. The clear implication of statements made by President Bush and his administration before the war was that Iraq was an imminent danger to the United States and that we had to act, alone if necessary, to defend ourselves.
But last week, CIA director George Tenet told us that the intelligence analysts “never said that there was an ‘imminent’ threat,” and that there was disagreement over the status of Iraq’s WMD programs. Now we know, of course, that Iraq didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction.
Military families know the risks and sacrifices that they sign up for. But our president has an obligation to use war as a last resort, and to be honest with Americans about the real reasons for going to war.
President Bush must be held accountable for his actions. I hope our senators, Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Wayne A. Allard, will support any efforts to censure him for misleading us.
Mr. Boyle’s recent letter concerning Mr. Bush may reflect the opinion of many people, but it misses a crucial point.
Our president ran for office partly on his promise to appoint the right people to his cabinet and staff: Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice and others. Many of these had endorsed the policy of regime change in Iraq during the late ’90s. Their positions were well known before the 2000 election. (If you are interested in finding out more about the men and women Mr. Bush has appointed to high office, their backgrounds, previous government posts, and theories on governing, read “The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet” by James Mann.)
A quote, located on a plaque over the door of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, campus, says in part:
“… should ever encourage that continual sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
The beauty of the Constitution is that it forces us to be a tolerant nation. Mr. Bush and the administration he forged are convinced they cannot be wrong, in spite of evidence to the contrary.
Sifting and winnowing? Not a chance. As long as Mr. Bush surrounds himself with people like John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney, and Condi Rice ” an axis of something ” ideology will triumph over evidence. For that Bush should be fired this fall.
In response to Ann Szucs-Spencer’s letter on Sunday, Feb. 15, I have some questions.
She states, “I for one don’t need Christian scripture telling me what is right and wrong” and then later, in reference to her beliefs about gay and lesbian marriage, states: “God will be the judge, not our government.”
Where do you get the concept that “God” is even a God of judgement? Or that there even is a “God”? It would appear, according to what she apparently believes that “God will be the judge,” that there is somewhere in that statement an understanding that there is a right and wrong based on “God’s” point of view.
Unfortunately, our society today flippantly used any concept of “God” without establishing where or what that concept or belief is based on. I could believe one plus one equals three, but what am I basing that belief on?
So, on the one hand, Ms. Szucs-Spencer states she doesn’t need Christian scripture telling her what is right and wrong but on the other states, or implies, God is a God of judgment. You are left with establishing that belief, either by your own thinking or from some other source. Be it the Bible, the Koran, or something else. If it’s left up to one’s own thinking or beliefs, then no one can determine what is right and wrong, because we all think and believe differently.
Charles F. Rosinski
I am concerned about the appearance, or lack thereof, of the entry area to the Carbondale Post Office. It seems to me that someone with a broom and five minutes could make a real difference.
Cleaning out the ever-overflowing ashtray at the entry might take another three to four minutes a day (or maybe twice a day). Picking up stray bits of refuse in the parking lot and by the fountain would consume another three to five minutes.
The result might cause others to be more aware of where they dispose of their trash.
If you agree with my observation, a word or two to the postmaster or one of the wonderful customer service representatives might be in order.
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