Viewing Kerry's record in Vietnam and on defense
John Kerry volunteered to serve in combat during the Vietnam War. He saved a
crewman's life while risking his own. Every one of Kerry's surviving crewmates
speak highly of his bravery, and Kerry received several combat medals for his
actions. George W. Bush avoided combat, choosing instead to attend National
Guard training whenever it was convenient.
Now comes a typical pro-Bush ad, placed by a wealthy Texas Republican, that
slurs Kerry's combat record. Republican Sen. John McCain, a highly decorated
former prisoner of war in Vietnam, calls on Bush to condemn the ad. The Bush
team refuses to criticize the ad in any way.
Ross Baker's lame attempt to deny the Democratic Party's past history of
softness toward America's enemies from the Cold War to the present day, and
John Kerry's singular softness on defense in his voting record, cannot be taken
seriously \"Kerry battles unfair 'weakness' charge," Opinion, Aug. 3].
Significant elements of the Democratic Party consistently impeded our
efforts against Communist expansionism. President Ronald Reagan's successful
efforts to bring down communism were constantly impeded by left-wing Democrats.
Currently, liberal Democrats are impeding the war on terrorism in many ways,
particularly with their softness toward suspected terrorists.
The bottom line is that many in the Democratic Party cannot accept the fact
that we are at war with people whose hatred has no restraint. They have
politicized the war, despise the president, want him removed, hope things go
south in Iraq and that the economy tanks. To be them is pathetic.
Our administration's current policy that targets large segments of the
Muslim world, rather than specifically targeting Osama bin Laden and his gang
of thugs, is resulting in a like-mannered spread of terrorism.
These groups have already proved to be much more highly adaptable to
changing conditions than our government realizes, and the indiscriminate loss
of Muslim life caused by the United States within Iraq, albeit of far less
magnitude than what occurred under the Saddam Hussein regime, has served only
to multiply the hatred against our nation. Hussein may have been a bad guy, but
he was their bad guy. And just as important, he is not bin Laden. It's time
the voters of our nation realize that fact, and fire this president in November.
fair tax break
People talk a lot about the affordable-housing problem on Long Island. The
real problem is the artificial housing shortage created by local zoning laws.
But federal and state tax laws don't help, either.
Landlords pass property taxes on to renters, but renters get none of the
tax breaks or subsidized loans available to homeowners and landlords.
Homeowners profit from the inflationary market created by these subsidies,
while renters suffer. Many homeowners get so many tax breaks that they owe no
federal taxes at all, except for the alternative minimum tax.
That's fine, but fair's fair. Renters should be able to deduct at least a
portion of their rent. This would make it a little easier for renters to save
and break into the housing market.
In his 2002 State of the Union, President Bush warned the nation against
will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the
world's most destructive weapons."
Today, Iran is a greater nuclear threat than it was three years ago, racing
toward bomb-making capability while thumbing its nose at Europe and the United
States. The Bush administration has no real policy for dealing with North
Korea. Yet North Korea may already have some nuclear weapons and could be on
its way to making more, with every intention of selling them to terrorists and
other willing bidders. And Iraq, it turns out, had no weapons program, so
President George W. Bush appears to have exhausted his pre-emption doctrine on
a regime with no weapons to pre-empt.
Some people are confused by the Republican-Ohio postulate. For a Republican
candidate to win the presidency, he must win Ohio, but carrying Ohio does not
guarantee a win. In mathematical jargon, carrying Ohio is necessary to win but
Many millions of eligible voters neglected to vote in the 2000 presidential
election. A high percentage of these were senior citizens.
In the meantime, the Bush administration has managed to undermine the
traditional Medicare program through the introduction of privatization and
vouchers. Seniors did not win much with this legislation.
Social Security program through privatization, cuts in benefits and cost of
It behooves all eligible voters (and especially senior citizens) to
exercise their right to vote to bring about a change in the White House and
changes in Congress to stop the undermining of the Medicare and Social Security
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GOP has changed
Having been raised in a "diehard" Republican family, I, like most children,
believed what my parents believed. We believed the theory of "trickle-down
economics." We believed it would benefit all the people.
After seeing that, more often than not, the trickle got stuck at the top of
the economic ladder, I still voted for men like Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson
Rockefeller and even Barry Goldwater. I voted for them because I believed they
sincerely cared about all Americans and were wiser men than I.
The Republican Party has changed. It has been taken over by people of the
far right. They say they have conservative values, but what is conservative
about creating a $450-billion deficit, the largest in our history, after being
given a $370-billion surplus? Any CEO having the same fiscal record would
surely be removed. The moderate Republicans have been replaced. Replaced by an
administration that cares less about the little people and more about the
"haves" and the "have mores."
My vote in November will not help this administration to carry on.
With all the press lately on getting people out there to vote in the
up-and-coming presidential election (MTV's "Choose or Lose" campaign; P.
Diddy's "Vote or Die" T-shirts), I can't help but worry about those who may
cast an uninformed vote. Too many people jump on the voting bandwagon, but
choose not to watch Democratic or Republican convention speeches, or even read
the newspaper on a regular basis.
I just pray that people vote for a candidate who has shared specific,
workable ideas for improving our country, and not someone who has danced around
the issues or solely painted an ideological picture without the tools to get
Regarding the letter "No to Kerry" [Opinion, Aug. 9] because of his stance
on abortion: I believe firmly in the separation of church and state, and it is
up to the president to uphold the law of the land, whatever his personal
At present the law permits abortion, and there are many people in this
country who believe that women have a right to choose. If all Catholics vote as
the letter writer suggests, strictly on the basis of a candidate's stand on
one issue, there will never be another Catholic president.
Congratulations to Nassau County Assessor Harvey Levinson for working to
curb illegal and unsafe multifamily housing by raising property owners' taxes.
Perhaps now Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town will decide to get tough, too.
Farmingville, in particular, is being overrun with non-owner- occupied
single-family dwellings that are being turned into boarding houses for scores
of illegal aliens. Complaints to county and town officials have fallen on deaf
ears while we watch our property values plummet. It's time to let the owners of
these homes know that we won't tolerate it anymore.