Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - July 7, 2007

Thanks for supporting our troops

World 600 fans, we would like to thank the businesses that donated food and drinks for our troops at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The troops were so grateful for their meals and the support we gave them. They gave us patches, caps and medallions they received in Iraq and Afghanistan, which I put in a display case inside our bus for everyone to see. We have fans and friends to sign our bus on the inside (more than 14,000 signatures.) They appreciated how we painted our bus like the American flag to support our troops, lawmen and firemen.

We have been invited to Fort Bragg to display our bus and to take a helicopter ride and bungie jump. I don't know about that.

Please support our troops by showing your colors on your vehicles and houses. God Bless you all and our troops.

Bubba and Diana Hammond


Libby commutation is an outrage

As an American citizen, I am particularly outraged about President Bush's decision to relieve "Scooter" Libby of his prison term.

When I heard the news, I was unable to believe my ears! Apparently, in this current administration, if you travel in certain charmed circles, you are above the law.

Scooter Libby was found guilty by a jury of his peers. He received a rather mild sentence -- a fine, a jail term, and a mark on his record.

The man broke the law. He deserved all of his punishment, not just part of it.

I find Bush's decision a disgraceful one! This was an opportunity for him to display one tiny glimmer of accountability for this administration's known efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the war in Iraq!

In my own experience, in the business world, when someone isn't doing their job or is doing it badly, and they continue to get promotions or pardons, co-workers speculate that they probably know something incriminating about the boss.

Sounds to me like someone there in Washington threatened to sing like a canary.

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Mr. Libby eventually receives a full pardon. But then again, after this, nothing the Bush administration does would surprise me.

Thank goodness there is an election looming on the horizon! Till then, I'm afraid it's a toss-up!

Barry Turner-Hunt