Letters to the Editor

Vietnam's problems caused by U.S. action

I don't understand why you give so much space to Cal Thomas.

In Tuesday's column ("If protesters got their way, consequences would be deadly," Jan. 30, Perspective) he once again gets his facts completely mixed up.

Vietnam is doing just fine today. The cause for the millions of deaths in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the war is much more easily explained as a function of American intervention.

- Tom Turner

Duluth Clinton wouldn't put nation before herself

The main priority of the president is to protect the United States and its citizens. President Bush understands that.

Hillary Clinton also knows it full well, yet contends that it will be "the height of irresponsibility" if the war on terror spills into the next presidency (which she obviously expects to win).

I thought I had suffered through the height of irresponsibility during her husband's term, when he was too "busy" with Monica Lewinsky to take out Osama bin Laden, despite having multiple opportunities to do so.

Clinton voted to use military force in Iraq but condemns every move Bush employs to support her vote. When pressed to defend her vote, she skirts the issue and jokes about her ability to deal with "evil and bad men." (Most people assume she was speaking of her husband). Very funny. Ha-ha.

There are evil and bad men out there who would love to destroy America. We need presidents with the backbone to deal with that reality, not someone who just wants a comfy position with power.

- Adrian Devine

Lawrenceville Health care proposal doesn't deal with needs

Sen. Judson Hill's proposal to provide tax breaks to individuals for health care costs ("Insurance bill launches debate," Jan. 28, Page 1A) strongly parallels the president's as outlined in his State of the Union address. Like President Bush's proposal, it primarily addresses businesses and the dilemma of high costs by enabling them to cease offering medical benefits to employees.

It's true that businesses from the smallest to the largest need relief from the crushing burden of escalating health care costs, while it is equally true that many citizens are vulnerable because they lack medical insurance.

Hill's proposal addressed only one side of the issue while ignoring those who are without coverage as well as those who are certain to be joining them. Furthermore, it will eventually fail even those who would recoup something in tax rebates because as they are driven out of lower-cost group pools and into individual coverage, their advantage will evaporate.

Hill's proposal, like Bush's, falls far short of offering a comprehensive solution to the health care crisis. It does not address the dire circumstances afflicting 1.7 million uninsured Georgians.

- Dean Poirier

Duluth Bush's climate proposal doesn't go far enough

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush mentioned the issue of global climate change for the first time in a major speech and also warned of the political dangers of continued dependence on oil from the Middle East.

These issues should have been separated, and in dealing with the topic of energy dependency, Bush failed to adequately address the rather more important topic of climate change.

The dangers of global warming or climate change are truly grave. The economist William Nordhaus has listed among its consequences a sea-level rise of 20 feet or more, a displacement of the gulf stream that would make Europe as cold as Siberia and the desertification of the world's grain-belts. Were these things to occur, the political and human consequences would be a lot worse than almost any imaginable terrorist attack.

The main flaw in the president's remarks about climate change was that he failed to mention that high atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations resulting from decades of burning fossil fuels are responsible for the current warming trend.

- Jeff Kerr

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