Supporting Kerry a slap in the face to veterans

August 12, 2004

Dear Editor:

There were two letters to the editor on Tuesday that I found most interesting.

The first was from Roger D. Bowman. He said President Bush was not his president because he was a "mere product of the Supreme Court." I am sorry Mr. Bowman, but there is this small thing called the Constitution. The Electoral College has been in place for quite some time now and until you can get the Constitution changed you must live with it. There are laws I do not agree with but I must follow them unless I can legally cause them to change.

What I hope no one forgets was the Gore campaign's effort to throw out the military ballots in Florida. This was, to me, the biggest disgrace of 2000. These were the "sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, and sisters" who are defending our country but your side feels they should not have a right to vote. Shame on you and all who supported that effort.


The last thing I want to address is veterans' benefits that they "so richly deserve." You were not specific so I am not sure what you are talking about. I do hope you read Barney Tharp's letter. If you did, you will see that we did not volunteer to serve our (and your) nation just for a hospital bed to die in and a cemetery to be buried in.

When you support a man who marched for the Viet Cong you slap veterans in the face harder than any budget ever could. If you check the figures, you will see that VA funding has increased under President Bush, but that is neither here nor there. Do not support a man who switched sides when he got home and then try to talk about veterans' benefits. I, as a veteran, am insulted.

Please, Mr. Bowman, read Mr. Tharp's letter again. Using the hint of increased veterans' benefits to support a man who marched for the enemy is like "throwing a dog a bone," as the song "Ballad of Ira Hayes" put it. This veteran, Mr. Bowman, will not chase that bone.

Mike Houchin


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