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Get rid of the tyrant

I read Mr. Bob Carson's letter Suppose it was you. Here's my reply:

I guess Bob didn't see or doesn't know about the picture that showed a mother and her infant child lying dead on the street after Saddam gassed thousands of innocent civilians after the 1991 war in Iraq.

Where were the protesters when Saddam was killing so many? We, as well as the rest of the world, just stood by and let it happen.

If we do not get rid of this tyrant, more innocents will die at his hand than in this war. ' Joseph Carvalho, Medford

Where were the Wailers?

The most obvious reason for opposition to liberating the people of Iraq is irrational, blind hatred of President Bush. This is easy to explain, since liberals hate the idea that there is such a thing as right and wrong. Everything is relative to a liberal.

— Financially, the war is not causing any cuts for programs; the feds do not cut anything. There may be some rate-of-growth cuts, but this does not cut the actual amount that is available.

The other risks involved ' threat of terrorism, loss of lives, whatever your main concern ' can be dealt with in one way. What price freedom? Would the thousands of our soldiers who lost their lives at Normandy wish for their lives back at the risk of Hitler ruling Europe?

Do you think that the hundreds of thousands that died in the Civil War, which gave freedom to African Americans, should not have given their lives? Why do the Iraqi people deserve less?

It is hypocritical and cowardly to protest this war when there has not been the same protests for the thousands that Saddam has had murdered, gassed, tortured, raped and so on. Where were the wailers for them? ' Laura Banry, Medford

No flag waving in Iraq

Has anyone noticed that, with all the flag waving and support here in the United States, our troops have no Stars and Stripes waving as they go into battle? When the Marines took an Iraqi strong point early in the war and raised the flag after winning a battle, they were told by higher ups that this was not the image we want to portray, and were made to take the flag down.

If you are a serviceman fighting a war for your country, you should be able to wave the American flag any time and anywhere you want! If not, let them hire mercenaries.

Whatever happened to Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys? My husband, who served two tours in Vietnam, was very disgusted at this turn of events, and believes this is absolutely wrong. ' Mary Ann Carlson, Central Point

POW/MIA issue is back

The war in Iraq brings back the issue of POW/MIAs in Vietnam. Men were left behind in Vietnam like Hallie William Smith, of Portland, Ore., whom I have adopted.

Now there are POWs in Iraq who we need to keep in our prayers. I hope when this war is all said and done that all our POW/MIAs are brought home.

While we are in Iraq, we need to bring home Capt. Scott Speicher, who we left there in 1991. Please pray for our soldiers and our president, who is doing a great job.

Also, take time out and adopt a POW/MIA. To adopt a POW/MIA go to . ' Heath Love, Grants Pass

Saddened for soldiers

Two photos in Friday's paper, April 4, deeply touched me: one of an American soldier tenderly holding an Iraqi baby and the other of a soldier carrying an Iraqi man.

It would comfort me to think that these are the dominant images that our soldiers will have after this war. However, reading other news I realize our soldiers will bring home in their minds many horrific images and memories of being in a country with people who have been bombed and torn apart by warfare.

How it will be for these soldiers to return after seeing what they seen and doing what they have done? How will they relate to a population that believes in the uncritical, sanitized and humane images and news with which the media provide us?

I personally dislike learning about the horrors of this war and it greatly saddens me that our soldiers have to deal with these realities every day we fight it Iraq. As the daughter of a retired Army captain, the sister of a Marine who flew in Vietnam and the mother of a child, I weep for the violence that comes with war.' Jane Anderson, Jacksonville

Arsenal of democracy?

The United States boasted in World War II that it would be the arsenal of democracy and provide munitions to the Allied cause. How we have strayed from such a pledge.

Recent letters have asked where were the war protesters during Saddam's attacks on the Iranian people and the Kurds? I'll tell you where I was: shamefully sitting at home while the United States, the Arsenal of Democracy, sold those very same destructive weapons to Saddam himself.

The U.S. Department of Commerce licensed 70 biological exports to Iraq between 1985 and 1989, including at least 21 batches of lethal strains of anthrax, because we feared the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini.

The U.S. also supplied multiple billions of aid in conventional weapons and cash to Iraq, which were then used, in the words of a recent letter, for the breaking of bones and tearing of flesh.

Bush Junior said he will not allow ... a nation such as Iraq to threaten our very future by developing weapons of mass destruction. Funny, because his dad and Reagan didn't have any problem doing so. ' Michael Stout, Ashland

Postwar outlook is grim

There is a big controversy in the administration between the State Department and the Defense Department over who will be in charge in postwar Iraq.

The Pentagon wants a long-term occupation of Iraq (although they continually deny it) with a provincial government of their choosing in charge. Congress wants the State Department to be in charge. George W. wants the Pentagon to be in charge of reconstruction, including humanitarian aid.

If the way the Pentagon is handling the humanitarian situation now is any indication, what can we expect long-term? People continue to be without water, food and medical attention while the work of the nongovernmental organizations and United Nations are being held up for political reasons.

The pleas to the president urging that the responsibility for administration and implementation of relief activities be placed under civilian authority have fallen on deaf ears. The Defense Department continues to marginalize the State Department and it is jeopardizing the humanitarian efforts.

How many innocent Iraqi citizens will have to die from lack of food, water and medical attention before the Bush administration will allow the U.N. and the experienced civilian authorities do their job? ' Theresa Stillman, Ashland

Wailers misguided

I read with deepening annoyance the front page piece on the anti-war wailers. Those involved are irresponsible to have targeted the recruitment office and, by implication, the troops.

The United States is not in Iraq because of decisions made by the armed forces ' blame for our incursion rests squarely with George Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle and others in the administration's bevy of hawks.

Implying that it's the fault of the armed forces only gives ammunition to those who would cast anti-war thought as anti-troop thought.

Thanks, Wailers, for driving the stake deeper into the heart of reasoned discourse about this unfolding catastrophe. ' Tom Schuetz, Medford

Not holding my breath

Throughout history victorious armies have often raped and pillaged. The U.S. Army has done neither in Iraq. It has liberated. What a great and wonderful country we are blessed to call home.

The scenes of people chanting, Thank you, Mr. Bush, thank you must be difficult for some to accept. It would be gratifying if those opposed to this very moral war would apologize for their mistake, but I'm not holding my breath. ' Lyndon Cramer, Medford

War or World Series?

Standing with Women in Black Wednesday, one heard from a passing pickup: We won, you lost!

Is the conquest of Iraq a win/loss scene like a World Series victory? Perhaps this unlawful war is more akin to the devastation one would witness if a World Series winner played a Little League team.

Sadly, at the onset of the 21st century people who consider themselves civilized still rely on might making right. ' George P. McCartin, Jacksonville

Article on Connor a treasure

I will save and treasure your front page article on Connor Sutherland. I like to think that his sparkling soul was just way too brilliant and expansive to remain contained in his tiny, little body. Although Connor was just a child, my life is profoundly and forever enriched because he was my friend. ' Anne Batzer, White City

Speed limits meaningless

Referring to Becky Meloy's letter hoping for beefed-up patrols on the McAndrews extension, good luck. The Tahitian Avenue residents have been hoping for years to no avail.

The motorist decides what the speed limit is, not the city or the police. The posted speed limit signs are expensive pieces of metal with no meaning and paid for by the taxpayers. ' Francis Nestor, Medford

Committee had great support

Your editorial of March 20 commented that Jacksonville's Ad Hoc Committee for Public Safety is setting an example of true community spirit.

We are pleased that our goal has been achieved and on April 1, the City Council approved the necessary funding measure that will provide Jacksonville with a viable public safety program. With the funding source in place, our city will have a Fire Department and Police Department capable of performing all their mission areas.

The members of the Ad Hoc Committee (Dick Ames, Len Hebert, Hal McAlister, Jim Moreau and Ed Rova) had outstanding support from merchants, restaurant owners, city staff and other organizations. With their help and that of the City Council and fellow citizens, Jacksonville has once again shown a true community spirit.

We hope our effort will continue to light new sparks (without fires) in our city for future citizen participation in civic matters. ' Dick Ames, Jacksonville

Article illuminating

Your article of March 28, McKenzie decide to keep RVTD seat, was quite illuminating.

I was present at Ed Chapman's lynching, which could or should have been stopped by the district's attorney.

Paragraph five of your article states, However, the district's bylaws required that a resignation be submitted in writing, which McKenzie did not do.

These bylaws were written by Mr. Henault, who also introduced Sturgis Standard Code of parliamentary procedure to the district (adopted by board resolution 97-19), essentially creating the situation which he defended. He further injected himself in the alleged threatened assault supposedly perpetrated by Mr. Chapman.

I'm sorry Ed, but I feel threatened.

I have concerns about the ability of the district's legal counsel to adequately represent the district or the public, and stated at that meeting that I have conveyed these concerns to the Oregon State Bar. ' Alfred Wilstatter, Ashland