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Questioning is patriotic

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

I am saddened to read Andrew Soristo's letter, "Shut up and vote," because he obviously has failed to think for himself. There is a false logic in giving total deference to our elected officials. It is true that most people get their information from the news media, but I ask you to suggest a better place to get information in the place of this forum.

Should we follow our leaders and not ask questions? Should we have some sort of blind allegiance and not think for ourselves? I think not. It makes no sense to vote and then not follow the decision-making process or lack thereof, especially when it involves the lives of Americans and others in the world.

I support our troops, but I do not support our mission in Iraq. We are serving our own best interest in Iraq and not the interests of the Iraqi people. Our soldiers would not be in harm's way if they were not in Iraq. It's important to support them by finding a way to bring them home. The Bush administration has failed to develop an exit strategy to bring military personnel home.

I vote and will continue to do so. I suggest you ask questions because it is patriotic.

Clancy DeSmet

Juneau



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