Pray for safe return of troops
In many respects, Bobbie Payne and I are similar; each of us has a child in the military. As her son leaves for his first tour of Iraq, my son, who has spent nearly 14 months in Iraq, is preparing to come home. I share Ms. Payne's sense of sadness and of hope. Until you have a child in a war zone, you do not know what deeply held worry really means.
Those of us who have a child in the military support our troops, who, after all, are simply doing their job. I am very proud of my son for his devotion to his duty as an Army medic, just as Ms. Payne is proud of her son. I am not, however, proud that George Bush gave America this generation's Vietnam, and, because of his foolishness and vanity, has caused the deaths of thousands of our soldiers and wasted billions of dollars.
I am very proud to be an American but deeply ashamed that we have suffered nearly eight years of a disastrous presidency, in which common sense, logic and intelligence are held in deep disdain, significantly lowering the world's opinion of America. George Bush swore an oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution, but has worked hard to shred the meaning of that sacred document.
It was this to which Barack Obama spoke in his speech in Germany, speaking to the world that the Bush nightmare will soon be over, and that America will once again stand for what is right. Obama was not criticizing America, but pointing out that, indeed, "our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
In a few more months, Bush will leave office, leaving the nation and the world in the same general condition in which a toddler leaves a diaper. The world will breathe a sigh of relief and wonder how Americans took leave of their collective senses and voted for this man in sufficient numbers to hold two terms as president.
Obama has my vote. He will be the commander in chief who will not send our sons and daughters in harm's way lightly and will seek every available option to solve the crises that confront us, building consensus with world leaders and regaining our status in the world.
I pray for my son every day, just as I pray for all of the soldiers serving in Iraq and elsewhere, and will pray for the safe return of Ms. Payne's son. I know that Obama, as president, will end this senseless occupation and have our soldiers home before more have to die for Bush's folly.
Don't lower drinking age
After reading about the debate over lowering the drinking age, I was so appalled I had to instantly write this letter. I feel all those so-called college presidents should be fired immediately for advocating a lower drinking age.
Have any of those signers experienced the death of a child or loved one as I have? It happened to my beautiful 19-year-old daughter, who was killed by a graduated college student. She was burned alive because of his drunkenness, which will live in my and my wife's thoughts for the rest of our lives.
If our knowledge of the bad effects of smoking, drugs, eating the wrong food, etc. is thrown aside just to please a few who can't enjoy life without artificial substances, then something is drastically wrong with our educational system. I think every once in a while, at assemblies, videos and lectures should by shown by M.A.D.D. Seeing is believing.
Don't take from rich to give to poor
In response to Norman Chisolm's recent letter in the Voice of the People: If our president seems to have such a lack of education, maybe Mr. Chisolm's elevator doesn't go to the top floor either. Anyone who would advocate taking from the rich and giving to the so-called middle class and the down-under up to the same level as the higher-ups sounds like a socialist to me. Why shouldn't a person who has a business and works 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and finally achieves a higher status be compelled to give it all away?
I am not rich or crazy, as in his stated opinion, but I will be voting Republican this presidential election.