We have a right to display signs
We have had two McCain signs stolen off of our front lawn. The neighbor down the street had his McCain sign stomped on, and another sign in a neighbor's yard around the corner mysteriously disappeared. I was appalled at this type of behavior going on in my neighborhood but was amazed and alarmed when I discovered on Google that this phenomenon is happening across our country.
Since when is it acceptable for us not to be able to put a sign in our yard to express our political view? Are proponents of the other party that insecure that they can't handle seeing the opponent's name on a sign? The Republican headquarters was vandalized a week ago. Why? Is this act meant to put fear in the hearts of those of us who support McCain and Palin?
There is more at stake here than who will be elected president. Respect for one another regardless of one's political bent and tolerance and civility toward each other are becoming ideals of the past. We are Americans first, and we need to uphold the right to display a sign on our own property without fear of backlash.
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Bush has created an awful mess
As we fast approach this important presidential election, I, like all Americans, want the best for this nation. Over the past eight years, we have seen the worst this nation could offer, and I watched in disbelief as barely over half of this nation elected and re-elected a man who used morals, gay marriage and abortion to fool Christians to vote for him against what was best for our nation and their needs. What those Christians have to show for voting for George Bush is two wars, an economy in ruins, no action on gay marriage, low morals shown by the Republican Party (remember Rep. Foley and all the other corruption?) and no actions to help lower the number of abortions in our country.
As for Sen. John McCain's claim that his military service qualifies him, he graduated near the bottom of his Naval Academy class and became a fighter pilot because his father was an admiral. The Navy doesn't give fighter pilot slots to cadets at the bottom of their classes. Because you are a hero and can fly a plane doesn't mean you can be commander and chief.
As for Gov. Sarah Palin, she may be determined, but she is not presidential timber. With all the qualified men and women who would have added a spark to his ticket, the selection of Gov. Palin speaks volumes about Senator McCain's recklessness.
Sen. Barack Obama has left a path of academic achievement that is equal to or surpasses those of many of our past presidents. He has illustrated the ability to be in the eye of the storm and calmly handle multiple challenges successfully.
The presidency demands a person of solid character, high intelligence, and a calm demeanor. The person must be unflappable and able to think on his feet. I have no doubt Obama will represent all of us with dignity and honor.
Coroner must be independent
York County has a choice between two fine candidates for county coroner. One, Sabrina Gast, has a good medical background. The other, Pete Skidmore, has a good investigative background. The question before the voters boils down to this: Is this an investigative office or is it a medical office? Each voter must answer this question.
But there is an even more important question the voters should be asking themselves in light of some of the problems that came to the forefront with the two previous people that held this office: Will each of the candidates for coroner take a public pledge that the office of coroner be the focus of 100 percent of their effort and not be moonlighting on some other job?
Most people do not realize just how powerful an office this is. The coroner is the only elected official in the county who can arrest the sheriff. Basically, the coroner must be independent of the rest of the power structure in the county in light of the fact that in some instances a death may directly or indirectly involve other county officials.
No reason to vote for McCain
Even if you overlook the mind-numbing stupidity of those who take at face value the Republican-sponsored slander that Barack Obama is the AntiChrist -- sadly, the mayor of Fort Mill must be included in this display of ignorance -- there is no logical reason this election season to vote for John McCain.
Even if you ignore the fact that the Republican Party has engaged in the most evil, pernicious, racist, hate-filled, violence-provoking campaign of lies in the history of modern politics, there is no logical reason this election season to vote for John McCain.
Even if you are an independent of the purest sort, one who has no political affiliation, and bases his choice of candidates purely on personal issues and not motive, you cannot, in good conscience, support a political party that has pillaged our financial system.
A party that initiated an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation, is responsible for the unnecessary deaths of 4,100 Americans and 250,000 innocent Iraqis, and the maiming of 35,000 Americans and 300,000 Iraqis (at a cost to the taxpayer of $12 billion each month).
A party that has trampled on the Constitution; that has tortured people to death as a matter of policy; has detained innocents for years in terrible conditions without legal representation; and has run up the largest deficit in history after squandering a budget surplus.
A party that has illegally tapped the conversations of innocent American citizens; has lied repeatedly to the American people, using lies to justify the invasion of Iraq while turning away from the real enemy in Afghanistan; and has besmirched America's good name throughout the world to the extent that this great country is held in contempt everywhere.
Isn't this simply a matter of morality?
John E. Mantle
County will follow bidding process
I read with great interest your recent article regarding Mr. Reese bidding $5 million for York County property that includes the Knights Stadium. As I only received my copy for the bid in the previous day's mail, I have not had time to review or discuss it with anyone, but I need to say that York County has a contract with the Charlotte Knights with extension clauses, and we will honor the contract as written and agreed on.
It is no secret that the Knights have expressed a desire to relocate to Charlotte, and, as a result, several months ago, our council asked County Manager Jim Baker to seek out appraisals and optional uses for the property, which will also include the option for our county to continue its ownership. To date, no further discussions or recommendations have been made to the council by our staff, and no request for bids have been solicited to anyone.
I want to make it clear that that the York County Council will make the final decision for the future use of any county-owned public property, and at this point Knights Stadium is not for sale. Finally, I want to emphasize that our county has a bidding policy and process that is open and transparent, and no one individual or entity will be given special preference over another for any bid that we entertain or consider.
After all optional uses are considered and should the council decide to place the property on the open market, it will be open for bids to any and all parties interested in participating in the bidding process.
York County Council
Williams will listen to voters
I will proudly disclose that Chad Williams is my nephew, but reiterate what Earl Wilcox, who lives in District 7, says: "Chad Williams has the right ideas and the right stuff to serve on County Council. You can support change by voting for Chad Williams."
To learn more about Chad, visit his website at www.VoteForChad.com. Take his survey. He will listen.
What are duties of vice president?
Terry Plumb stated in his Sunday Plumbline that Sarah Palin knows less about "U.S. history, economics and other topics of national importance" than some moose. I doubt he knows enough about Palin (or moose!) to make that statement. But here's something important she does know. She knows what the job description of vice president is.
Yet Joe Biden, after serving many years in the Senate is apparently unaware that the vice president serves as president of the Senate, according to Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution. Biden, a lawyer, incorrectly cited Article I to prove that the vice president has "no authority relative to the Congress" and serves only in the executive branch. While true that the V.P. can vote only in the case of a tie, his (her) job as president is important enough that the Senate is to elect a pro tempore in case he or she is absent.
Most of the media didn't even notice the error. Joe, I learned this stuff in high school, didn't you?