Daily Letters

A selection of letters received.


August 12, 2004

Navy Vietnam Veteran

Dear George:

As a contemporary of yours, and as a Navy Vietnam Veteran, I must share with you something we active duty folks knew back then.
There were three types of Navy duty that required huge cajones:
- Navy SEALS
- Jet aircrews flying missions over North Vietnam
- River boat sailors.

John Kerry served in one of the most demanding combat environments.
That he was wounded three times reflects that he was one of a small elite force who served by facing enemy fire in small aluminum boats to support the ground troops, and to interdict Viet Cong arms runners.

Disagree with the fact, if you will, that he returned to work to get our troops out of the hell in which he honorably served, but don't make light of his service.

Make what you want of your own record, but when you disrespect Kerry's service, you disrespect veterans.

Clinton may have evaded the draft, but he was honest about it, and didn't disrespect those who kept to their convictions and served.

If Kerry claims he has medals, he has the right.
He earned them.
So did your dad.

Age 58


WW2 Veteran

Dear George:

I am a 76 year old WW2 Veteran who will vote for your reelection.

I have seen the voting record of Senator Kerry and know why he never refers to himself as Senator. As for the line, “I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty,” that is a far cry from the John Kerry who wrote for three purple hearts after he received two scratches and one wound that took him off duty for a day. He then took the offer of a discharge for those with 3 Purple Hearts and then joined with the Jane Fonda group calling those with whom he served murderers. He has waffled on every issue more than any other candidate I have observed in my entire voting history going back to my first vote for Ike.

Americans are shaking with fear of what the terrorists will do next and rather than blame them for our woes, they blame you, our President, and our first President to take any action against Muslim Terrorists and now face opposition by weak and whiny frightened Americans who would do anything so as not to further irritate this enemy bent on destruction of our Western civilization.

As for those who say we failed to build coalitions I don't abide America begging President Chirac. He has his own agenda and aid to the US is not on it. This is a France where over 63,000 Americans lie buried in eleven cemeteries, from my information and while I don't think we should alienate their President my feeling is that We were attacked, not they. It is our responsibility to be able to act for ourselves to defend ourselves without begging for permission.

Our country America needs a strong President like yourself. Osama Bin Laden will dance with glee should John Kerry win the election over you Mr. Bush. I hope and pray for your reelection.

Age 76
Newport, Vermont


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