Friday, September 24, 2004
Not a Bush supporter
After 9/11 it was obvious to all Americans that fighting
terrorism was a number one priority. So what did President Bushdo?
Did he build upon the upswell of support from other nations
after the attack? No—in the rush into Iraq he alienated numerous long term
allies of the U.S.
Did he commit more resources to Afghanistan to flush out the
Al Quida leadership? No—he started a major disaster in Iraq
instead. How many terroristshave been created
by this nightmare? How many of our brave American soldiers have been killed or
severely wounded? How many more will be put in harm's way when the draft that
the government is quietly trying to introduce passes?
Did Bush continue the talks with North Korea to contain
their nuclear abilities? No—he stopped the talks initiated by the Clinton
Didhe at least protect targets at home, such as power
plants, chemical plants, bridges? No—he started thejob by initiating a
Department of Homeland Security, then failed to fully fund it. Meanwhile,
police resources are stretched thin and nearly two-third's of firehouses are
Will John Kerry do better? Millions of Americans think he
will. This election is the most important one in my lifetime. Please vote.
/s/ Angela Meister, Grandview
George Nethercutt deserves your vote
A few months ago, my nephew was injured during a night
mission delivering fuel to an army base in Iraq. He has recovered, is back on
mission, and was recently awarded a Purple Heart.
I became concerned about his (and his unit's) future safety
when I learned that his unit lacked the appropriate number of Night Vision
Goggles to safely perform their night-time missions. I was so concerned that I
wrote to both Washington senators and two members of Congress to request their
Why am I telling you this? I want you to know that the only
response I received (four e-mails and three phone calls) was from Dan Simmons
at Congressman George Nethercutt's office. Congressman Nethercutt's office
subsequently initiated a "Congressional inquiry" into the situation,
and I have recently received confirmation from Iraq, that within days of this
inquiry, the unit received 34 additional Night Vision Goggles for use in their
convoys. This may be a coincidence, I'll never know. What I do know is the unit
got what they needed to improve their safety.
While I don't live in Congressman Nethercutt's congressional
district, and neither does my nephew, he took action. Virtually every other
congressional office responds only to constituents that actually live in their
"specific" congressional district. The congressman from my
"actual" district, and both senators, never responded to my inquiry.
That doesn't mean they didn't (or did) act on my request. It just means they
I have never before solicited support from friends and
family for a political race. I am today. Congressman Nethercutt is running for
senator this November. Please, consider my endorsement of him when you cast
your vote. Please vote!
/s/ Ray Hallett, Hallett Cinemas, LLC, Sunnyside
TV ad absurd
Why doesn't Sen. Patty Murray spend money on issues that
Murray's new TV ad accusing George Nethercutt of moving to
Bellevue is absurd. Instead of talking about issues that really matter, Murray
is taking the easy way out and painting Nethercutt as a liar and abandoner of
his district, when he is anything but that.
There are serious issues that face our state—issues like tax
reform, health care and medical liability reform. And Murray is hiding from her
poor voting record, and instead promoting campaign rhetoric. She is shying away
from debates and refuses to come clean on the issues.
I hope voters can see past the rhetoric Murray puts out
there and are able to make a conscious decision about who they want to elect to
/s/ Brad Fisher, Kennewick