Lastly, this coward claims he could hold his head up high if he faced his fellow soldiers today? Not that he will earn that opportunity, but I seriously doubt this to be the case. That's a very easy statement to make while holing up in another country, enjoying the blanket of protection and sympathy that their equally-conscientious natives provide.
I don't make these criticisms lightly. I served as a U.S. Marine in the Gulf War during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and would serve again if my country called, despite being a family and career man. Let Canada keep the coward. We don't need him back in the States, nor does he deserve to be allowed to return--unless, of course, it's in shackles on his way to Leavenworth for a life sentence as a deserter and traitor.
I am responding to your call for suggestions regarding the upcoming election. First off, let me suggest a field of candidates with the exception of Joe Lieberman, that either has a little integrity, or at least some common sense. Joe L. is the only one that has not either stuck his foot in his mouth or tried to change his position on the war. As a voter, it bothers me to have to vote for Republicans every election. There is a reason the Democratic Party has lost the South. For the most part, we are not socialist. We also do not like a party that would hold town hall meetings to find out why the Arab community hates us, rather than going after the people who smacked us in the face on Sept. 11th. Believe it or not, most of us are not pro-life nor are we for the barbaric procedure of partial-birth abortion. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the point. There are genuine candidates like Evan Bai of Indiana. Harold Ford of Tennessee, and others who many of us could believe in.
The N&O's coverage of John Edwards is comparable to the coverage the paper would give a local basketball team playing in the Final Four. ("I've Grown Accustomed to His Face," Feb. 11). It's not appropriate for a candidate playing in something as crucial as a national election. Definitely "Carolina Refs!"
I have to disagree with Cat Warren's criticism of the N&O's coverage of John Edwards' campaign ("I've Grown Accustomed to His Face," Feb. 11). Senator Edwards certainly is getting more coverage, but this is a useful counterbalance to the national media's coronation of John Kerry as the nominee before even a quarter of the votes were counted. Thank goodness for the N&O!
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