Not voting against Kerry, voting for Bush

October 07, 2004

Dear Editor:

I would like to say that I will vote for President Bush for the following reasons:

* I am better off now than I was under Clinton because of the tax cuts that I, along with every other taxpayer, enjoyed this year. Only the price of gasoline has hurt my family budget. (Both candidates need to address the ways we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels!) The cost of living is directly related to the inflation rate. Inflation is at a miminum and has been that way for several years. That is why there are 22 percent more homeowners now than there were five years ago.

* President Bush used the information he received from the CIA and other agencies to determine there were weapons of mass destruction and that there were alliances between Saddam and al-Qaida. Kerry received the same information and voted for the invasion of Iraq. Bush made his decision accordingly. Kerry says Bush was wrong. Then so was Kerry.


* We can't have it both ways. Please remember that Saddam killed hundreds of thousands of his own people using chemical weapons, which are weapons of mass destruction. There were five confirmed meetings between Saddam and al-Qaida. We now believe they were not about the tragedy of 9/11. Do we wait until another 9/11 to react? With what bush knew at the time, he made his decision. Ask the 71 percent of our soldiers who say they will vote for Bush if he made the correct decision.

* Dan Rather's job is "at risk" because there is no proof that Bush abused the system. If this was more than wishful thinking by the media and the Kerry camp, that proof would be on the front page until after the election. Rather wished it was true and now he is eating his words. Bush's commander said that Bush received no special treatment.

* Kerry was a war hero and, for that, I salute him, but his anti-war actions after the war put many POW's in harm's way. The enemy used Kerry's exact words and his picture as proof of war crimes against the POW's who were guilty of nothing more than serving their country.

* Finally, I thank God every day that it was Bush, and not Gore, who led our recovery after 9/11. I want that same leadership for four more years!

Randy Scholtz


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