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Letters to the editor, October 13

Only in America

The records of four of our more recent presidents have not been superlative in all ways.

Two presidents had articles of impeachment voted against them in the House, one resigning before a Senate trial and, apparently, the other finally deciding to  testify truthfully before a federal grand jury  to avoid a viable perjury charge in a Senate trial.

Despite their concerted efforts and spending millions of dollars, two other presidents and their administrations/parties were denied a second term by the voters.

The four were, of course, two Democrats and two Republicans: Nixon, Clinton, Carter and the senior Bush. (In our history, only one president has been removed by impeachment.)

In the present presidential election, how important are the general cliches and jingoism: “socialism vs. free enterprise,” “too many government regulations,” “too much government control,” etc. Without specifics, very little in my opinion. (Haven’t we had some form of both free enterprise and socialism in this country for the last 74 years, since Roosevelt’s “New Deal?”)

It is hoped that more specifics on unemployment and foreign trade will be forthcoming in the next debates.

And then we must decide, in good conscience, which candidate has the best plan for fixing the economy, for creating jobs, for fighting the war on terrorism, balancing our trade deficit, providing health care and all the other difficult problems a president must tackle.

Citizen voters participate in free elections for our national leader, by secret ballot, every four years. Only in America.

H.L. Hall, Denton


Reference shows deference

The reference Walter Lindrose used [DRC, Sept. 30] concerning God and Republicans as co-conspirators in the destruction of our nation’s ability to get things done for the betterment of all, is not only misguided by shows his deference to whether both parties are responsible.

I submit, neither party has done what is necessary to bring about cohesion in what is best for our nation.

To blame only one party as responsible for the troubles this nation faces is wrong, and not accepting of the reality of what we all face.

We are all in this together as citizens of the U.S.; we should only want what is best for the country.

My only concern is for our nation’s ability to maintain a strong economy, a strong military for defense, an honest and open government of transparency, respect for the rights of all, and a renewal for our love of country and our Constitution.

Jack Cox, Denton