Stand up against Bush Administration While I generally appreciate Jim Walker’s excellent journalistic contributions that grace the pages of NUVO, I must respectfully disagree with the premise of his Nov. 3-10 article “Working Together” (Cover, Nov. 3-10). In fact, now more than ever is the time to stand up for what we believe in and challenge the divisive and wrong-headed policies of the Bush Administration. If we simply try to get along we risk permanently moving this beautiful country back to the “good old days” of intolerance and militarism.

The responsibility to confront the neo-conservative agenda transcends partisan politics. Are we to continue to allow innocent people to die and our brave troops to be used as pawns under some pretence of bombing a country into democracy? Should we acquiesce while our civil liberties erode through a campaign of fear mongering? Should a narrow, self-righteous and intolerant interpretation of Christianity be acceptable as it is being shoved down our collective throats? Unfortunately, an election victory does not make bad policy good, or wrong decisions right.

Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about the aggression we are witnessing in Iraq in his prescient “Military-Industrial” speech of 1960. And a policy of “preventative war” is antithetical to the Sermon on the Mount no matter how close of a connection you have to God.

I agree that this country needs “unity” but not at the expense of compromising hundreds of years of hard fought progress toward a liberal democratic society.

Charlie Wiles

Indianapolis

Bully who needs their oil In office only a week and our president has been busy. Two days after a dubious vote count with irregularities in many of the touch screen machines used in Florida, Ohio and other states, Mr. Bush has ordered the attack on Falluja to begin. Reports from the BBC, who have a correspondent in that city, reported that dead bodies of women and children litter the streets. American bombs have destroyed hospitals and clinics in the city. Thousands are reported dead. If, as we figured there to be 5,000 insurgents in a city of 350,000, why are we dropping 2,000-pound bombs in the middle of these densely populated areas? So much for Mr. Bush’s careful nation building.

The U.S. military on Thursday [Nov. 11] said that the Falluja offensive, the Orwellian named “Operation Phantom Fury,” would not stop the insurgents even if we were to be victorious. But what would victory be in Falluja? Can we achieve victory there? Killing a lot of innocent people and a few insurgents is not victory. This is the way the Israelis have fought the Palestinians for decades and have accomplished nothing. Yet our government is firmly behind those policies.

You will never win the hearts and minds of the people by slaughtering women and children. In just over a week, over 200 U.S. servicemen have been killed and hundreds more wounded, and what have we accomplished? And to you clueless Bush supporters, just a few days after the election Mr. Bush has tried to revive attempts to legalize illegal aliens. And for you so-called moral voters, Mr. Bush just appointed a pro-abortion judge as our new attorney general. Also, the United States has admitted dropping the internationally banned incendiary weapon of napalm on Iraq, despite earlier denials from the Pentagon, who, for anyone paying attention, has lied repeatedly throughout this president’s term in office. The elections in Afghanistan were a joke and the elections in Iraq will never be accepted by the people in that country if it is forced down their throats by a bully who needs their oil.

Patrick J. McShay

Indianapolis

Scammed I would like to let Councilman Kyle Walker know that it is not just a relatively small group of local people that want changes in Lawrence utilities (Dispatch, “Lawrence Water Fight Continues,” Nov. 17-24). We have been and are being scammed by this utility companies owners. They live in million dollar homes here in Indy with $800,000 condos in Naples, Fla., and they drive $70,000 Jaguars. The people’s voices were not heard when it came to privatizing this company. And by the way, to us ignorant folk, it sounds like some money laundering to us. And do not think even though we are what you call a small group that we will stop until something is done. By the way, to all concerned, my water bill runs approximately $140 a month for a family of five.

Posted by Michelle

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Liberals, get in line You give a thumbs down to a possible Bayh presidential candidacy because his “moderate” politics are such that he would cause the two parties to “combine” (Dispatch, Thumbsup/Thumbsdown, Nov. 17-24)! First off, it would be nice to see a little middle ground occupied by an elected official. However, anyone lunatic enough to believe that there is a candidate out there who could combine the two parties or even find much common ground between them must have been comatose for the last 16 months. Besides, America is moving to the right not to the left. The right is leading. So as Daddy (rest his soul) always said, “Meatball, you gotta lead, follow or get the hell outta the way.” So you liberals need to get in line and follow. Just pretend that President Bush is Michael Moore, George Soros and Barbara Streisand all rolled into one. Follow blindly as you always do. Everything will be fine.

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