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War a terrible idea

The Bush administration is planning a war in October, right before the election.

According to Scott Ritter, a former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq and, incidentally, an ex-Marine veteran of the Gulf , and a card-carrying Republican, this war is totally unnecessary. Ritter spent seven years in Iraq with the UNSCOM weapons inspection teams and his experience leads him to report, against his political inclinations, that Iraq simply does not have weapons of mass destruction. And yet our government is planning a ground war to be fought with our children.

Have we learned nothing from Vietnam? Isn't it time that Americans speak out against unnecessary war? A ground war in Iraq will surely cost many American lives, to say nothing of the Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire and beneath our bombs.

I am grateful that my son and nephews are too old to go to war. But many of us have children who are not too old and may already be in the armed services. It is wrong to sacrifice them for a drummed-up, politically motivated war.

We must not be misled by any propaganda implying that this is a patriotic war or that to question the Joint Chiefs of Staff is unpatriotic. Patriotism involves standing up for what we know is right regardless of the politicians' rhetoric. We have a patriotic duty to let our elected representatives know that this war is a terrible idea and we will not stand for it. ' Alice S. Hardesty, Ashland

Think before you vote

Some congressional seats are up for grabs in just a few weeks. Think about how you want to vote and remember which party has a history of raising taxes:

Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it into the general fund so Congress could spend it?

A: The Democrats (under Lyndon Johnson).

Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security?

A: The Democrats.

Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?

A: The Democrats (Al Gore cast the deciding vote).

Q: Which party decided to give Social Security money to immigrants?

A: The Democrats (That's right ' an immigrant coming to the U.S., aged 65, gets SSI, even though he never paid into the fund).Then, after all this, the Democrats tell you it's the Republicans who want to take your Social Security. And the worst part about it is that you might believe them. ' Murray La Hue, Phoenix

This is not revitalization

Having just read the article on the new building in and alleged revitalization of Central Point, I'd like to say that this is another example of how the city government is tying the hands, blocking the views and ultimately sabotaging the lifestyles of many of the taxpayers living in the downtown area.

Has anyone mentioned that the new three-story brick building blocks the skyline of residents living on Oak and Fourth streets? City officials, who propose to look after our future, do not care about the city's residents; if so, why put a new building on a corner that brings more traffic into a residential area, when there are empty buildings and office spaces all along Pine Street? Why, because big business wants it.

This is not revitalization, this is a changing from traditional family values to the profit-hungry, value-less system that is rampant in America today. And all those empty buildings and office spaces are the result of people not shopping in Central Point.

The thought that one new building with trendy businesses can regenerate the downtown area is arrogant indeed, and it will likely fail in the future, leaving an eyesore for the residents who live here, pay taxes here and work hard to maintain a safe, family-healthy lifestyle, despite the efforts of the city's community planners. ' Diana Johnson, Central Point