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• Everybody’s talking about how many people showed up at the City-County Building to support the library. But what’s not being mentioned is the fact that the library hired a PR firm to promote the library. Of course, that PR firm was paid with your tax dollars. Wise up, Farragut.

• I can’t believe our county commissioners have voted for Mike Ragsdale’s plan to spend $45 million for a downtown library when our schools are in such (desperate) need of new buildings. How long do we have to wait until the next election so we can vote these people out of office?

• I just filled up today. I had to wait until payday because prices are so high. How can gas prices be so high and the stock market be so low? Could it be the deficit of over one billion dollars a day? Do people have such short memories about voodoo economics of the Reagan era? Cut taxes for the rich, run up deficits for the poor to pay back. No Child Left Behind is really No Rich Child Left Behind, (leaving) all poor children saddled with a huge national debt. Our community needs a new high school, yet we think it more important to build schools in Iraq, and they still hate us. Are we better off than we were four years ago? I wish Bush would have taken the Hippocratic oath, which begins: “First, do no harm.”

• As we’ve taken most of the day, Memorial Day, to reflect on the sacrifices our veterans have made for us and our country, it’s important to think if our current administration had the least amount of respect for past and present use of veterans, we wouldn’t have gone into Iraq without international support. We wouldn’t have gone into Iraq without verifiable intelligence. We wouldn’t have gone into Iraq without a fully thought-out plan for occupation. We wouldn’t have gone into Iraq without a plan for transfer of power. And we wouldn’t have gone into Iraq without a clear exit strategy. If you really want to honor our veterans, vote for one who actually served in Vietnam, not for one who used his political pull to get into the (National) Guard so he could avoid even the appearance of service. Not to mention Cheney, who in his own words, was “too busy” to serve in Vietnam while using his political pull to get deferment after deferment. Bush has put our own in harm’s way without a plan. Is this any way to honor our veterans?

 

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