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Give 'em hell, Jim!


Regarding "Emperor. No Clothes" by Jim Morekis:

Way to give 'em hell -- or as Harry Truman would say, "Tell the truth." Isn't it sad that we have to be afraid of losing our jobs or business if we speak our political opinions? Is this still the United States of America?

Are we victims of a kind of internal terror from and within our own country? What does it say about the Republican grip on our country that we would fear for our jobs if we disagree with their tactics and policies?Ê

How could anyone in Georgia vote for any person associated with those attacks on Max Cleland? How could anyone be for lifting the ban on assault weapons?

How could anyone be for starting a war under false pretenses? How could anyone be for rushing our young men and women into battle over nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and non-existent links to the people who attacked us on 9/11? Some of these people are dying or injured or maimed. How could anyone be for sending them with inadequate supplies and planning?

Our own Hunter and Fort Stewart soldiers had to be rationed water in the desert heat. They got only one liter per day per soldier. We couldn't even get them WATER?Ê

Our soldiers couldn't even get enough water to drink, yet Halliburton workers in Kuwait report that they were "living large and all had brand new Chevy SUVs." Are we in the "Twilight Zone?"

Ê    I sincerely hope you don't lose your job. But as you said, you would at least have your dignity. And if misery really does love company, you wouldn't be alone since there are 8 million other people also unemployed.

I don't see how our country can take any more abuse from this administration. Pray for America.

Janet Reynolds

Go to hell, Jim!


I have never been so appalled and sickened.  Reading your article "Emperor. No Clothes" enforces my belief that some people are so wrapped up in their own beliefs and self indulged interest that they can not see or hear.

Your article was a vicious personal attack on the President of the United States. There is a big difference in giving your opinion and trying to degrade a person.  Your article went way over the line. Did your parents forget to teach you respect for others?  

President Bush took office when the economy was already on a downhill turn. Nine months into his journey came the terrorist who not only murdered over 3000 people, but tried to destroy our economy. President Bush has fought hard to strengthen our economy and fight the terrorist. He was not going to let them win.  

Like him personally or not, he has the interest of my children, grand and great grand children at heart. I praise President Bush for standing strong and pray they he continues to do so in his next four years as our Great President. His actions speak loud for our Great America.

I do not wish you any kind of harm, but it would not upset me to hear that you indeed have kept a shred of your dignity while collecting your unemployment check.

JoAnn Benton

What's the word?


I started reading your article on the election and didn't get a chance to finish. Did you lose your job as you said might happen? I certainly hope not.

Please let me know where I can find another copy so that I can read to the end.

Nancy M. Shea


Editor's Note:So far, so good, Nancy. Go to to the "Free Speech"section to find the column.

Abortion is central issue


We who are pro-life do not say that abortion is the only issue. It is, however, the foundational issue. Many things destroy human life. Yet abortion goes beyond that. Our nation's current abortion policy authorizes such destruction, by a direct denial of the protections granted to persons under the US Constitution.

An example will clarify this. Sometimes people are heard to say that poverty is a more important problem than abortion. Certainly, the problems are related, and we must actively care for the poor.

But to make a truly equivalent parallel between the plight of the poor and that of the unborn, one would have to imagine a policy whereby a) the poor were officially declared to be devoid of "personhood" under the Constitution (as Roe vs. Wade did to the unborn), and b) over 4000 of the poor were put to death daily against their will, while efforts to directly save them were prosecuted by the government (as is the case regarding the unborn).

It is one thing to assert that a particular policy does or does not advance the rights of the poor; it is quite another to assert that the poor have no right to exist. Debates about the poor are in the first category; the debate about the unborn is in the second.

Jeff Morris