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Letters to the editor – Thursday (12-4-08)

Don’t blame Bush for these messes
Regarding assertions in Jeff Bost’s Nov. 24 letter:
1. “Obama shouldn’t be expected to cleanup the mess Bush has made.” Why didn’t you name one thing Bush messed up? Maybe Bush messed up when he got congressional approval to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. That was Congress, not Bush. Maybe Bush messed up when he didn’t listen to Obama and surrender to the enemy. You thanked God Obama’s mother didn’t have an abortion. Bush is against abortion.
2. “Obama cannot erase racism.” He could have helped by being a Republican and looking back at Democratic governors. George Wallace and his wife were elected governor of Alabama because they despised blacks. Lester Maddox of Georgia (a Democrat) was in the same boat. Sen. Robert Byrd, the oldest senator now serving, was put there because he supported the KKK. Bush represents the party of Lincoln, who sacrificed his life and 600,000 other Americans to bring freedom to blacks. Bush appointed Powell and Rice to two of the highest offices. Who did Clinton appoint? It was Democrats who controlled the South for 40 years and largely created welfare, separate schools, water fountains and restrooms. It was the party of Bush and Lincoln, under the Clinton administration, that took control of Congress, stopped welfare’s suppression of blacks and offered them self-esteem, hope and jobs.
Bush’s economy, for the first six years, matched that of Clinton. Then the Democrats took control of Congress. The stock market fell by $6 trillion, unemployment went from 5.2 percent to 6.8 percent and the auto industry hit the tank.
It’s the unions and Democrats who moved jobs overseas, not Bush. It was Democrats, not Bush, that created problems in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Obama should have been a member of the Republican Party. It would make more sense and prove he knew history.
ó J. Max Kent
Salisbury
Fallen firefighters
I don’t know where Kristin Beaver (Dec. 3 letter) was standing for the Spencer/Salisbury Christmas parade, but she certainly was not standing in front of the bank in Spencer. When the firemen and -women came by carrying the helmets of Justin Monroe and Victor Isler, everyone clapped and yelled and continued to do so until they passed. We do love and appreciate them and all of our firefighters and police officers.
ó Sylvia Chillcott
Spencer

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