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Excellent summary

Your editorial of Feb. 21 was an excellent summary of the distorted approach the administration is taking toward Iraq. Your logic is impeccable.

How can anyone support what is planned if facts are known? ' Hank Fennell, Ashland

Facts to keep in mind

In consideration of Democrats' concern for our Social Security, here are a few facts to keep in mind:

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

A: It was LBJ and the Democrat-controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which party put a tax on social security?

A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?

A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the deciding vote.

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

A: That's right, the Democratic Party. Immigrants that move into this country at 65 get SSI and have never paid a dime into the system. This is costing us millions of dollars.

Then, after doing all this, the Democrats turn around and tell you the Republicans want to take your Social Security away from you. The worst part about it is people forget who did what! ' Robert Peters, Medford

Warning to terrorists

Various Muslim religious leaders and warlords have called for a jihad if America goes to war with Iraq. They threaten hordes of suicide bombers and mass destruction upon America, England and the Jews, all in the name of Allah.

During World War II the Japanese went to a kamikaze approach to warfare. They did some damage until we got a handle on their methods. Then we turned the divine wind into a puff of smoke.

Warning, Muslim terrorists, Allah is not the only god on this job. ' Don Basey, Eagle Point

Bush doesn't listen

President Bush states it doesn't matter how many protest the U.S. waging war on Iraq. He'll do what he decides is the right thing to do.

His comments remind me of a statement he made on Dec. 18, 2000, after he was determined to have won the election. If this were a dictatorship it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just as long as I'm dictator. ' P.R. Kellogg, Grants Pass

War is beyond crazy

I must speak out. I'm having such a hard time understanding how our government can continue to press towards war against Iraq.

To strike out unilaterally without the support of our allies and the U.N. is beyond crazy. It will not make us safer. To the contrary, so much more hate will be generated against us.

We saw what that can do on 9/11. And yet the administration of this country continues with plans to attack a country that hasn't even been aggressive towards us. I'm not saying Saddam Hussein is not a bad person, but what is being planned is terribly, terribly wrong.

The plans are to level Baghdad with a massive attack. Five million people live there. This is a genocide. This is completely immoral.

How can we Americans allow this? It is beyond my comprehension.

Not to resist, not to speak out is analogous to being good Germans during World War II and allowing the holocaust. I appeal to my fellow citizens. Don't sit silently and allow this to happen. ' Nancy Fisher, Ashland

Finally, a break

Finally, a true break in the budget battle going on in Salem. Senate Joint Resolution 13 put forth by Sen. Hannon will take the funding of the Oregon State Police patrol division out of the general fund and fund it from gas tax and license money.

How much is it? According to OSP Capt. Chuck Hayes from OSP general headquarters, the patrol division has been funded at approximately &

36;153 million per biennium or &

36;76.5 million per year. The &

36;153 million. would be available for education and social services. SJR 13 is deserving of our vote, probably in November. ' Lloyd N. Clodfelter, Medford