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We must work with, not against, our leaders

Dear Editor,

Being a devoted daily reader of the letters to the editor, it’s been an interesting experience reading perspectives presented regarding the war on terror, and, basically, war in general. I mostly disagree with many of the opinions and criticisms presented regarding the tentative war on Iraq.

We, being of one nation, ought to consider ourselves in one cause. In doing so, and having that God-blessed privilege, we ought to deliberate objectively regarding any action taken by our elected leaders. Many of the letters I have read have nullified their points by using subjective terms and incorporating personal attacks on our elected leadership. In these cases, polarization occurs based not on the issues themselves, but on emotional rhetoric and whom one has voted for. It’s important that we direct our discussions to the issues themselves.

Furthermore, we need to accept the results of our elections, and, instead of criticizing and demeaning our elected leadership, we need to encourage them and respectfully present our opinions.

Our family prayed for Bill Clinton and we now pray for George W. Bush.

I personally think the latter has been very careful and thoughtful in all of his decisions – he didn’t instantly and reactively attack Afghanistan after 9/11 and he hasn’t attacked Iraq even though he’s been discussing it with the U.S. citizens and world leaders over the last year.

He’s inherited many problems and has not made any hasty decisions. Considering he actually is more informed about Iraq’s threat than any single one of us, we ought to consider the seriousness of his determination to deal with Iraq despite so many being against him.

As a home-schooling mother, I have had the privilege to delve into early American history with my first-grader. In doing so, we have come across incredible heroes and purveyors of our American heritage – men and women who believed in absolutes and consequences. Of the many actual quotes I have read from men of fine honor, I would like to present one to remind us of the courage and wisdom of our forefathers. Samuel Adams, architect of the War for Independence and cousin of John Adams, the second President of the United States, said in 1771:

“Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance. Let us remember that `if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.’ It is a very serious consideration that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.”

We who stand at the doorway to the 21st Century must adopt this same resolve. As the Founding Fathers, we too are living in difficult times. Because we do not want to be foolhardy, let us deliberately resolve and persevere together, whatever may be ahead.

Tessie Hurford


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