In the midst of all the hype and make-believe over Sarah Palin, the idea of John McCain as decision maker shows with great clarity. His radical choice of VP has seriously dangerous possibilities. If she were to be required to step up to the task of president, the outcome would be horrendous at best.
This woman is under investigation and has ties with an anti-American group in Alaska. Who in their right mind would choose her as a running mate? Nobody.
I am sorry, but I cant vote for a man solely because he was a war hero. He is no more so than any of the thousands of others who served in Vietnam many of whom gave much more than he did.
The Republicans have a long history of twisting and ignoring the truth without regard for the future of our country.America cant stand four more years of Bushs failed policies. Because I love America, I will vote against McCain.
Darrell Carlisle TC
The pitbull in lipstick
If elected, John McCain and his VP pitbull in lipstick will swing our nation so far to the right, itll make Bushs administration appear liberal in comparison.
A few journalist say: He intends to deliver a new Republican Party to the people. New? Theyll still be about the rich getting richer, making war against others for the good of Wall Street, robbing women of their rights, refusing proper healthcare for the under-privileged, securing a dominant foot-hold in the Middle East, and whatever ragged relationship we still have with Russia will be reduced to a block of ice. Voters should look beneath the skin and not be easily influenced by cleverly scripted campaign speeches delivered to McCains hand by one of Bushs writers.
Wayne Erreca TC
A feel-good moment
I was in Denver last week, in the stadium with 70,000 people, wearing my tri-colored hat, waving my flag, chanting Yes we can, clapping rhythmically, sharing hopes for the future.
Well, I wasnt really there, but I was in the Antrim delegation (complete with tall signs designating our space) in the jam-packed State Theatre in Traverse City, watching the historic activity on the enormous screen, and it sure seemed that we were in Denver.
At first we hesitated about applauding people who couldnt hear us or leaping up with our Obama signs, which only our audience in the theater could see. That hesitation was short-lived.
Michael Moore repeated that the State Theatre belongs to the community for the viewing of the Metropolitan Opera, for high school football tournaments, for events like the final night of the 2008 Democratic Convention, and the final night of the Republican Convention.
On the way home, our carload of delegates identified our favorite moments. We all agreed that the Teamster from Detroit, the brow-striking woman from Ohio, the bubbly teacher from New Mexico, and the rest of that group of people just like us finished up on one giant high note of the evening. The plaid-shirted, life-long Republican Barney Smith from Indiana brought down both houses with his stern-faced comment: I want a government that pays attention to Barney Smith, not Smith-Barney.
Patti Fox Bellaire