I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the recent "Hot air: Dean's complaint" article (Dec. 31). The Enquirer has not printed many of the good things he has done or what plans he has for our country, but now, approaching the end of the primary season, it joins the attacks on the front-runner Howard Dean.
The statement of "And as Dean's tough but gentlemanly rival Joe Lieberman pointed out" is about as correct as saying that the Enquirer printed this article thinking that President Bush would be reading the Enquirer today. I am sorry the Enquirer has not been following the Democratic primary election season. Maybe you can follow the general election between Dean and Bush.
Linda Perrone, Sharonville
Dean correct to rebut fractiousness
Howard Dean is exactly right ("Hot air: Dean's complaint," Dec. 31). When the goal is to defeat President Bush, elementary common sense tells you that ugly critical comments by other Democrats, which will make great fodder for the Bush advertising machine, are very counterproductive. Putting forth one's own policies and positions, comparing them to others, and pointing out facts (such as that several other candidates voted for the war they now claim to deplore) are fair game.
Vindictive, bitter comments such as we have been hearing are good for nothing except to help Bush. If we had a strong Democratic Party, the tone of this primary campaign would be at least somewhat different. Dean is correct to point this out.
Carol S. Friel, Clifton
Dean has weak stand on religion
I read the Enquirer's edition online because it is my favorite among all national newspapers ("Hot air: Dean's complaint," Dec. 31). The problem I have with Dean and the Democratic Party itself is that they never take a moral stand.
Dean is for gay rights and pro-choice, yet claims he is a Christian. The last time I looked in the Christian manual called the Bible, these stands by Dean are a direct insult to the word of God. Dean wants to be a "Cafeteria Christian," someone who picks and chooses what they want to believe out of the word of God to fit their own agenda. When will the Democratic Party and its leaders relay the national majority viewpoint that having a party and its leader take a moral stance benefits its chances for occupying the White House?
Presently the road they continue to travel has led them to the outhouse.
Randy Lee Marshall, St. Augustine, Fla.
On repealing sales tax: Go, Blackwell
I've been reading with interest the past few weeks Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell's effort to repeal the state sales tax. In the article "Tax repeal try is thorn" (Jan. 1), I was amused by the comments from Senate President Doug White, R-Manchester. He's been quoted as saying the repeal "is a pill that we don't like to swallow." No kidding.
Any time politicians are told that their sole existence, which is spending the taxpayer's money, is being threatened, they all posture by saying inflammatory rhetoric designed to make the taxpayers feel bad, yet they will spend lavishly on their pork projects without hesitation.
If Blackwell is successful, he will be accomplishing three things: He'll get the sales tax rolled back to the previous rate about six months before this temporary increase is set to expire; he'll be sending a message to our representatives that instead of raising taxes, look at very serious ways to prudently spend tax dollars; and Blackwell will better endear himself to the electorate for future political gains. He can always say he tried but was stymied by a gluttonous legislature.
Steve Boone, Mason
Church sell-off couldn't help many
The writer of the letter "Jesus also said not to keep treasures" (Jan. 1) accuses the Catholic Church of sin because the Vatican maintains many treasures and beautiful artworks. Well, I've done some research. If the church were to sell all its treasures and donated the proceeds to the poor, every man, woman, and child in poverty would receive just about two bits. This is not even enough for a shave and a haircut.
There is no greater servant of the poor, the sick and the elderly than the Catholic Church; there never will be. Those treasures are tools for the edification of the people of God. They lift us up and keep our minds and hearts on things eternal.
Mark S. Yaegel, Florence
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