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A Republican for Kerry

I've been a Republican all my life. My dad was a Republican all his life. As far as I know, his dad was, too. And I've been a conservative Republican since Goldwater in '64.

But in November, I'm going to vote for Kerry! I can hardly believe I just said that.

I believe the Bush administration is the worst thing to happen to this country in many, many decades.

I considered not voting, but that simply wastes my vote. The only way to defeat Bush is to vote for Kerry, which is scary because, frankly, his liberal record frightens me to death.

They say (they ' ha) he is trying to move to the center like Clinton. Let's hope so, because I'm going to vote for him and if enough of us do the same, he'll be our next president.

Scary, yes, but I now chant the mantra, Anybody but Bush. ' W.M. Story Jr., Eagle Point

Consider the source

As President Clinton said on The Daily Show Aug. 9, Democrats are people who think.

Please consider that the source of paid political hatchet jobs like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is, in fact, Swift Boat Veterans for Bush. If we are wise we'll do our homework, instead of believing the stream of lies coming out of this current administration.

As a veteran I'm standing up for John Kerry. He's not perfect, but he's far from the lying deserter that stole the election in 2000. ' Robert Sorrell, Jacksonville

Listen to McPeak

May I add a postscript to Paul Fattig's excellent column on Gen. Tony McPeak you published on Aug. 8? McPeak was my boss when he was Wing Commander at Zaragoza AB, Spain, 1979. Fattig did not cover the independence and integrity of the man.

He is a Republican who supported President Bush in 2000. But when Bush decided to invade Iraq, he spoke out. Your paper published his remarks on Feb. 23, 2003. I regard the nuclear threat as zero. I regard the connection between Saddam and al-Qaida as less than zero. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report documented this assessment.

Now McPeak and 10 other generals and admirals have come out in support of John Kerry, saying Bush is taking us in the wrong direction. McPeak knows about war, firsthand. He won a Silver Star as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. This time, let's listen to Gen. McPeak. ' Jeff Cheek, Medford

Restore civility

Your coverage of the Cheney visit included a man wearing a T-shirt bearing the F-word, a motorcyclist flipping a bird at a protester and a Peace House protester exposing her underwear. These excerpts from a May speech by Edwin J. Feulner, president, The Heritage Foundation, to graduates of Hillsdale College, Mich., seem appropriate.

What we're seeing in the marketplace of ideas today is a disturbing growth of incivility ... alas, this breakdown of civil norms is not a failing of either the political left or right exclusively. It spreads across the political spectrum ... our free, self-governing society requires an open exchange of ideas, which in turn requires a certain level of civility rooted in mutual respect for each other's opinions ...

... we've seen a 40-year decline in voter participation in national elections. In the last two presidential elections, fewer than half of eligible voters bothered to vote. Rather than helping to reverse this decline, the rising chorus of incivility is driving out citizens of honest intent and encouraging those who trade in jeering and mockery ...

Restoring civility to public discourse is not an option. It is a necessity.

Restoring civility to public discourse; what a good idea. ' Joann Blair, Ashland

Thanks for article

I would like to thank Jennifer Greer for the fine article about Francine Rivers in the Aug. 6 religion section in the Mail Tribune. Francine Rivers is one of our very favorite writers. She writes historical fiction and contemporary fiction from a Christian viewpoint.

My husband would not read a novel until someone encouraged him to read Rivers' books, and from the first novel he read, he was hooked! The Mark of the Lion series is a trilogy about Israel when Titus put a siege around Jerusalem in 70 A.D. You will not be able to stop reading after the first book and you will never forget the character Hadassah.

We have read all of Rivers' Christian books and have not been disappointed in any of them. ' Joy DeVos, Medford