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I don't usually read John Barnhart's column - his use of quotes around the word Democratic leads me to believe that the only way he can get his point across is to ridicule his opponents, a poor debate tactic at best, sophomoric writing technique at worst. But for some reason, seeing the words "John McCain" and "pro-life" in his Feb. 6, 2008, column made me read it.

Mr. Barnhart wrote that one of the reasons he'll vote for McCain is because McCain is "pro-life" and that "he's not a recent convert of political convenience to that stance." I think Mr. Barnhart needs to do a quick "Google" search with the words "John McCain" and "pro-life." Here's a little tidbit for him: http://www.peopleforlife.org/mccainthreatensprolife.html.

John McCain quote, August 19, 1999:

"I'd love to see a point where it (Roe v. Wade) is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations."

Need more? Here: http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/McCain_Homosexuality_not_defect_or_sin....

"In 1999, the 'moderate' version of John McCain said that overturning Roe v. Wade would be dangerous for women and he would not support it, even in 'the long term,'" the liberal blog Think Progress noted. "This morning on ABC, McCain ? now aggressively courting the likes of Jerry Falwell ? expressed his unequivocal support for overturning Roe v. Wade."

Is he not a recent convert? His view as stated in 1999 closely mirrors many of the people I've come across who are pro-choice, who want abortion to be rare, but legal.

If Mr. Barnhart is basing his vote on the "pro-life" stance of each candidate, he should make sure he researches each candidate's views over the years so that his decision is an informed one. Perhaps John McCain changed his tune since he is seeking the conservative vote, but I don't think it was to court the late Jerry Falwell, whom he once referred to as "agent of intolerance."

The sound I'm hearing coming from McCain, is "flip-flop, flip-flop."

Oh, and unless it was a typo, someone should explain the difference between "loose" and "lose" to Mr. Barnhart. Unless he really wanted the Democrats to be let "loose" in November.

P Behrer


Is Obama a Republican?

I was watching an Obama ad and he was advocating giving tax breaks to businesses that keep jobs in America. I thought Democrats always opposed tax breaks to businesses. I thought Democrats always criticized Republicans for tax breaks to businesses.

Either I am confused or Obama is confused. I think it is Obama that is confused. Democrats like to be all things to all people but end up being nothing to anybody. The confusion of the Democrats was quite evident when Pelosi advocated change and told everyone that the democrats were going to fix America in 100 days after the Democrats got control of congress in 2006. I always wonder if Democrats are naive/dumb or just plain old liars. But that is really not the key concern. People should not vote for Democrats because they advocate change, but cut and run.

People should vote for Republicans because they stay the course, and get the job done.

When compared to perfection, Republicans did not look good, but when compared to Democrats, Republicans look brilliant. Without the propaganda support of the Atheistic Liberal News Media the Democrats would look ridicules.

Clifford D. Russell


America is not immune

America is not immune of guilt- as America watches and reads, in horror, of Al-Qaeda teaching children how to fight in war and become suicidal "bombs."

America seems to be doing nothing about abortions of babies and teaching school children to have no remorse of sin, be it for uncontrolled rage, sex, foul language, disrespect for others and "on-line" pornography- not only for teens, but now in age 9-up.

All because they are no longer taught God's Word of right and wrong, that it is not relevant or needed in society now. The "intelligent" are too busy pushing God out of everything.

God has been good to America in the past, but He will not close His eyes or patience to the filth over coming its society. In due time, He will bring America down. Pay attention to what is going on with our government. There is no shame in it. Think how the generation of today will run America with the worlds example shown. History has always repeated history- horrors!

Genetta H. Lewis