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Letter: Republicans no longer have monopoly on evangelical voters

To The Telegram: According to a British news report, there have been nearly 1 million deaths reported since the presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq. In two years, small arms ammunition will be depleted, and the United States will have to resort t...

To The Telegram:

According to a British news report, there have been nearly 1 million deaths reported since the presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq. In two years, small arms ammunition will be depleted, and the United States will have to resort to another method of killing. The current kill ratio is 250,000 to 1, which is three times greater than Vietnam and 50,000 times greater than the civil war.

If the war continues, we'll have hand-to-hand combat, missiles or smart bombs. Let me explain to the pro lifers exactly what a smart bomb is. It is a cluster bomb exploding several hundred meters above the ground; each cluster bomb zeroes in on a metallic object (Tank, APC, Jeep ... ). It then hones in and destroys the target. The clusters not finding a target proceed to a point about 50 meters above ground and explode with a shower of molten copper. It tested very effective in Iraq. I believe this is an extreme reaction just because a country was poorly led.

There are two major some minor differences between the Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are pro-life and choose returning our troops to state side duty to defend our perimeters first, our allies second. Republicans want to continue spending $35 million each day in a never-ending war killing 95 civilians (car bombs) to each five enemy troops. Democrats want to restore health care to all Americans, even to those young women choosing not to have an abortion... Republicans short change social programs that assist young woman choosing to keep there babies rather than give them up for adoption. Democrats support our troops (250,000 recently) and seniors (20 million recently in same bill) while Republicans give more attention to Wall Street. Republicans say there is no such thing as an unwanted child; I say there are 35,000 in state hospitals that also had there budgets cut.

I am a pro-life Democrat. From the moment of conception, life begins and continues throughout our physical lives ending in a nursing home. The pro-life that Republicans speak of ends at child birth, when the budget gets cut for their assistance in health care. Or a faulty intelligence report sends our troops to Iraq with no armor only to return to a Republican party stating there is no help for post war syndrome because the medical condition doesn't exist. This is an instant replay in history where the government denies benefits to those in need once again. Earlier this month, 40 Republicans denied benefits to more than 250,000 veterans and 20 million low income seniors. Passage missed by one vote and John McCain never showed up because he was busy campaigning! Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama left their campaigns, flew to Washington and made their vote in support of vets (I'm sure this will be spoken of many times before November.) Both U.S. senators from Minnesota and Wisconsin supported our troops, seniors and small business. So let's get the story straight! Republicans send our youth to Iraq, Democrats fight to get the armor and munitions; Democrats fight for health care and benefits after their return and then vets get short changed by Republicans -- much to Bush's surprise of course, just like Hurricane Katrina.

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Take a walk around town some day with your eyes open (200 homeless families) and don't forget to look under the Blatnik Bridge and the understaffed nursing homes. Republicans no longer have a monopoly on Evangelical voters.

I remember as a child when I first accepted Jesus as my savior. I would take my New Testament under my arm and go door to door asking if people have heard the word of God lately. It was a time when everyone knew their neighbors and were not afraid to keep their doors open -- a time when we all took part to help each other by assisting in their needs. What happened? It was a time when the average house was 800 square feet and there was one car per family.

Greed happened!

-- Dan Watland,

Superior

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