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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 5, 2012

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

George W. Bush is still highly revered in Africa

Re: "Bush defends brother against Obama, convention organizers", Aug. 31

Well said, Jeb Bush! It takes somebody who intimately knows you to pinpoint your inner core values and strengths. And it also takes the "deep" to assess the "deep" -- particularly the unique trait of genuine compassion admixed with humility.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was eminently qualified to do that at the GOP convention for his brother, statesman George W. Bush. He did not disappoint those who see human values beyond vote-gathering, vote-mining or even vote-stealing.

No African can forget President Bush or the evergreen achievement of his glorious presidency in Africa. His compassion and real concern for the poor are indeliblyexpressed through his initiative: the original President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.

And since gloriously leaving office, Bush the statesman has kept up his good work on this continent, but going as just Mr. Bush, not as President Bush, as others in his shoes are wont to vainly do.

Oluwole Macarthy

Upper Marlboro

Killing of bin Laden was cold-blooded assassination

Re: "Book on bin Laden raid differs from the official script", Aug. 30

The United States has offered no evidence that Osama bin Laden resisted the Navy SEALs attack. No matter what one thinks of the al Qaeda leader, this was a cold-blooded American plot sanctioned by President Obama to assassinate bin Laden and secretly remove and dispose of his body. This is not justice or democracy.

In the classic film "Apocalypse Now," Willard, played by Martin Sheen, is also given a military mission to proceed up the Nung River in a Navy patrol boat to find Col. Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando, then terminate his command. "Terminate with extreme prejudice."

While the U.S. government plays with the facts of Operation bin Laden, the movie picks up on the real moral lesson. That comes when Kurtz says to Willard: "... and they call me an assassin. What do you call it when the assassins accuse the assassin?" In the end, violence begets only more violence.

Paul Kokoski

Hamilton, Ontario

Canada

Paul supporters turned off by convention shenanigans

Re: "Conservatives charge Team Romney with 'political malpractice'," Aug. 28

Byron York wrote: "In this cycle, there have been bitter fights in some states assupporters of Ron Paul,whodid not win any primaries or caucuses,triedtoexploit the rules at local, district and state-level conventions towindelegates."

It is a known fact that Dr. Paul won the caucuses in up to 14 states -- including Massachusetts, where he took 17 of the 18 and beat Mitt Romney on his home turf. He also never "exploited" any rules.

All his delegates were won fairly and squarely. Paul has always been a stickler for following rules and any campaign workers who deviated from that would be let go.

Not all delegates could be stripped of their right to vote by locking them out of the caucuses or having them arrested for choosing the "wrong" candidate, so the Republicans changed the rules midstream at the convention to increase the number needed in order to submit nomination papers, as well as not seating delegates from many states where Paul supporters prevailed.

Iowa's state party chair was banned from the Rules Committee meeting because he is a Paul supporter. Other mainstream Republicans such as Morton Blackwell, who wanted to challenge the rules were on buses that the RNC diverted. Even Romney supporters were appalled.

People who ignored the caucus corruption saw it liveon TV during the convention. Many lifelong Republicans -- including true conservatives and thousands of youth who were in Tampa, Fla., for the Tea Party rally on Sunday -- were completely turned off by the hijacking of our election process. Because of this, GOP just handed itself a loss in November.

Jane Aitken

New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition

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