December 1, 2004
The wages of war
I want to discuss the Elections Board scandal involving those on the board, those who appointed them, and the staff. Someone should have spoken out. We have Democrats, Republicans, a Libertarian, and an appointee of the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. No one said anything. You know, something like, "Should we tell the public and the media that we are privatizing our voter lists?"
What was the motion and who made it? Did executive director Kevin Kennedy speak out? Was the governor napping?
That decision will be revisited today. Don't get too excited awaiting the announcement from the board that "We are right and protesters are wrong."
But something overwhelming takes me from that weighty subject. Yesterday, 16 names of soldiers killed in Iraq were listed; average age--21.3. What were you doing when you were 21? Just fell in love, bought your first home, graduated from college? You remember. Then think about those 16 twenty-one-year-old kids dying in a land where they cannot understand the mission, the language, the culture. There were 135 American soldiers killed in November.
Time to get out of that mess. Now! Bring those troops home, President Bush. How? You got elected, so figure it out.
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