Herenton for Bush?

To the Editor:

I'm not so sure that voters will be sold on the idea of Democrats for Bush, certainly not if Mayor Herenton endorses him (Politics, August 12th issue). Herenton would be a liability on anyone's list of supporters.

Now if the Shelby County Republican Party secured the endorsement of councilmember Carol Chumney, that would be a real plus for the ticket. I also read in that same column that GOP chairman Kemp Conrad is on a two-week junket to China.

It's interesting that the trip is sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders, which receives a generous grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department.

Chas S. Peete Jr.


Grownups in Charge

To the Editor:

Here's a phrase we haven't heard much recently: "Now the grownups are in charge." We heard it a lot in the first days of the current administration, when the GOP gained control of the White House and both houses of Congress. It was intended to imply that we'd see a style of government that one would expect of an adult: mature, fair judgments based on calm consideration of the facts.

What behavior have we seen from these "adults" in the past three years? Picking fights with those countries or people who disagree with them; making promises to gain approval, but not carrying through on them, or even doing the opposite; sincere but inappropriate application of simplistic principles to complex situations; a general tendency toward what my grandfather used to call "thinking with your wisher."

Looks to me like the behavior of a male teen-ager, feeling his oats and urges but unable to harness them with truly adult judgment.

Rich Olcott



To the Editor:

I am writing in response to R.F. Hine's letter (August 12th issue), in which he noted that he and his 14-year-old daughter laughed when John Kerry saluted and said he was reporting for duty at the Democratic convention. Hine seems to have a problem with a man who fought for his country, then had the courage to say the war was a mistake.

Here is a history lesson for Hine and his daughter (who will not be laughing when she is working to pay off the debt President Bush is running up): The American people were told that if Vietnam fell, all Southeast Asia would fall to the communist Chinese. But what really happened when President Nixon finally pulled us out of Vietnam was that the Vietnamese and Chinese starting shooting at each other. The domino theory was a lie, just like the lie that Saddam and Osama are linked in the 9/11 attacks.

Hine's support for Bush, who claims he was for the Vietnam war yet chose to use family connections to stay out of it and then failed to finish his last 18 months of National Guard duty, seems strange to me. Hine also fails to explain why the Navy and the men who served under John Kerry agree that he deserved his medals.

If Hine thinks serving on a swift boat in combat was no big deal, why doesn't he sign up for duty in Iraq and then let us know what he thinks about having people shoot at him. By the way, please don't head to Iraq via Alabama. We wouldn't want to have you get lost, like our "war president" did.

Jack Bishop


Retirement Plan

To the Editor:

Susan Adler Thorp has resigned as head of public affairs for the county mayor. Since she formerly was employed by The Commercial Appeal, do you think they might possibly reinstate her? She could work there for a few months and then retire and draw a pension!

Joe Mercer


No Fear

To the Editor:

In "Unsound-bites" (Viewpoint, August 12th issue), Richard Cohen wrote: "Bush would not negotiate with North Korea. He did. Flip-flop."

He did because he probably remembered these words from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address: "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."

Arthur Prince


NOT GuiltY

To the Editor:

I used to feel guilt, thinking that what I wore was tempting all the males (Fly On the Wall, August 5th issue). But I unlocked the lid on the Baptist fundamentalist box and jumped out. Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!

Char Childers


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