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Letters to the Editor

Barrow citizens have reason to be proud

I'm writing to thank everyone that came out to Wendy's in Winder on June 9 to give money to Rhubarb Jones of Y106-FM for his March Across Georgia for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

That day, $2,611.70 was raised in this area alone, and I'm proud Barrow County citizens showed that much heart. It makes me proud to know that I was one of those people who gave money that day.

Next year, let's see if we can blow that $2,611.70 out of the water and make it total more. Every little bit helps, whether it's a dollar or two. Good going, Barrow citizens!

- Darren Wilson

Auburn

Liberals also patriots

Tony Rivera, in his most recent tirade against the "liberal leaning media" ("Liberal media intends to harm our nation," June 11) and liberals in general including most if not all Democrats, makes the accusation that Newsweek magazine "specifically intended to do harm to our president, his administration, the military and our country's reputation" when it published the story about the Quran being flushed down a toilet by a prison interrogator. Newsweek has subsequently retracted this allegation.

The fact is the administration has since admitted this sort of violation has occurred, albeit officially unsanctioned. I agree that such incidents pale in significance compared to the monstrous crimes Islamic extremists have committed against innocent civilians of all nationalities.

Where Rivera and I part company is when he lumps all liberals, specifically liberal Democrats, in the same stew pot as being unpatriotic - even treasonous - for opposing this administration's policies here and abroad.

We don't require the media to impugn this nation's reputation. We have elected officials on hand that seem to be managing quite well in that department. There is no point in belaboring the fact that the nation is divided as to the pros and cons of going to war in Iraq, but Rivera's claim that the liberal media intends to harm the military is, to use his words, "a ridiculous premise."

As for harming the administration, isn't it every citizen's right to speak out against government policies he believes to be detrimental to the welfare of the country? Not only is it is a right, it is a duty, regardless of which party is in power. We keep hearing about the liberal-leaning media and the liberal-leaning Democrats from the conservative-leaning Republicans. Doesn't this look pedantic and silly in print? Everybody does and should lean in the direction his conscience and values guide him.

Are liberals and Democrats biased? Of course they are, but none more biased than Tony Rivera when he proclaims them to be unpatriotic and treasonous. You might say we are all just one big dysfunctional family, always at odds, but in the end, all we have is each other. God help us all.

- George Morin

Auburn