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Shut up and vote

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2004

Over the past months, I have read many opinions on the war in Iraq. Every time I hear negative opinions on the war and against our president, I have to laugh. It reminds me of an old saying: "better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." Unless you are in the military and have actually experienced war, or unless you are associated with military intelligence, your opinion is worthless. Throwing out comments like, "We're in Iraq for the oil," or, "Bush is just trying to get re-elected," just shows how ignorant many of our citizens are.

Where are you getting your factual information to back up what you are saying? Have you been to Iraq lately? Were you in the Oval Office when the president was being briefed on the situation in the Middle East? If we're over there cranking out the oil from those poor people in Iraq, why am I paying so much at the pump?

The sad truth is that most people form their opinions by watching, reading or listening to the news. The news has long been known as a highly liberal collection of garbage. Members of the media do not take pictures of Americans that are helping rebuild schools and that are providing food and medical attention to people in Iraq. They take pictures of dead children and the "mistreated prisoners." Nevermind the fact that people in Iraq are dragging dead Americans down the street and celebrating.

My point is that the people in America do not have enough information to form a correct opinion about the war in Iraq. We have the military to take care of us and keep us safe. We have elected officials that make the decisions. You have the power when you go and vote. Don't pollute the newspapers with your completely uninformed opinions - just shut up and vote.

Andrew Soristo

Juneau

Stationed with USCG in Highlands, N.J.



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