Letters to the Editor

Presidential politics

I believe in the “spark of life.” That is to say, I believe that life starts at conception. I also believe that we do not have the right to force our beliefs on anyone else or judge theirs. My church has chosen to interject itself into this year’s presidential election process. While not naming names, they make it very clear who we should vote for. A letter from the American bishops state that “we value ALL life.” Does this also include the troops from many nations fighting in Iraq, as well as the Iraqi troops and citizens, and many others who have died since our administration took it upon themselves to invade Iraq based on misinformation? Why hasn’t the church taken a stronger stand against the war?

John Kerry is a Roman Catholic. He is also pro-choice, which puts him against the teachings of the Catholic church. While I do not know if his views are influenced by his belief in a person’s right to choose or to gain votes, that is still his choice.

Why is the Catholic church choosing to involve itself in this election in this way? If there is to be a separation of church and state, let it be both ways. If not, then maybe we should have some input into who will be elected our next pope.

Ronald Vandenberg

Federal Way

If this election wasn’t so serious for what is in store for our great country in the next four years, I would have to find it almost laughable why people won’t vote for Bush or Kerry.

What I find most interesting, here in the great state of Washington, and the great state of Hawaii, is so very many voters are voting against President Bush because they hate him, find he talks about his belief in God and the sanctity of marriage, as well as many other issues we all seem to have forgotten.

Sen. Kerry has had 20 years in the Senate to help our country to become stronger and fight against terrorism, but take a look at his record. President Bush has only had three years to rebuild our confidence in our fight against terrorism after 9-11.

However our voters vote, I hope they are looking at the whole picture of who is running. Not his looks, not his role in the service, and not just because they hate one more than the other. Not what he promises, not his plans, but the whole picture.

Pat Gee

Federal W

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