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Memo to Demos: The election’s over

Editor:

Bush wins Ohio after three recounts since the election, Kerry picks up 764 votes and still loses Ohio by 180,000.

Now these uneducated sore losers are having round-the-clock vigils outside of Kerry's home in Massachusetts, and want to spend even more money on another recount. They still can't accept the fact that it’s over. Move on with your life. Take those precious dollars and help with the tragedy going on in the Far East.

And for those who are accusing the Republicans of using taxpayer money ($300,000) to finance the re-election fete scheduled for Bush's second term, you show your ignorance when you leave out the fact that all the money was raised by private funds. Every -president has done the same.

How about Franklin Raines (Clinton's Cabinet member) being forced out of Fannie Mae, and winds up with over a million dollars a year for life as his separation package? This after a $9 billion shortfall with FNMA's books? What's the difference between him and the Enron crooks? How does it get to $9 billion without someone catching this sooner? Then again, Raines was one of the very few who didn't resign or was indicted while Clinton was still in office. But he got caught like all the rest of them.

If Clinton was still in office, "I feel your pain," as he bites his lower lip, and would have waited for a poll to see if we should send aid to the Salvation Army and the United Nations relief effort.

We're safe on our homeland, the stock market is steadily rising, an average of over 180,000 new jobs every month, gas prices coming down, plus, plus plus. Be happy! I am!

Paul Lidbeck

Clarkdale

The most thoughtless of thoughtless thefts

Editor:

I’m a Marine stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C., and came home to Cottonwood for the holidays.

When I got home, I asked my mom what happened to the "Support Our Troops" magnet on her car. She said that one night it had been stolen off of her car while it was in the driveway.

I thought that maybe it just fell off while she was driving, until the day after Christmas. That day we had family over and my cousin, whose husband is also a Marine and is currently in Iraq, had her truck parked outside my house. When she went out to leave, her "Support" magnet and her Marine flag magnet were both gone. My aunt’s car also had a "Support" magnet on it, and it was taken that day.

I don’t know who is doing this or why. If they are in support of us, let me personally say "Thank You," but don’t take any more magnets off our vehicles. They aren’t that expensive; you can buy them at Wal-Mart for a little over $1.

And if you are not in support of us, please still leave them alone. Those ribbons are simply a way to show that people do support the military. It’s their right to display their love and support ...not your right to take them.

Plus, for military families it’s so much more than that. It is a constant reminder of loved ones who are currently gone doing what we believe in.

As I prepare to leave for Iraq in February, I want my family, and anyone else who supports us, to be able to show it. The love and support that we get here at home gives us the motivation we need to make it back home. I want to thank everyone who has, and will continue to support us. It really means a lot to me and to the rest of the troops having your love and support.

Semper Fi.

Mark W. Slipher

Lance Corporal

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