Time for New Leadership

    Folks here in Wilbur Coun­ty don’t take these things light­ly, and we’re not yet ready to use the I-word, but it’s time to sit up and take stock of what is hap­pen­ing to our rights in this land of the free. Par­tic­u­lar­ly, our right to be free of big gov­ern­ment eaves­drop­ping and heavy-hand­ed­ness. We don’t want to play down the seri­ous­ness of 9/11, and the threat from inter­na­tion­al extrem­ists to the safe­ty of U.S. cit­i­zens, but. for cry­ing out loud, George, you’ve gone a bit too far, don’t you think? Spy­ing on grannies and tap­ping the phones of loy­al Amer­i­cans is not going to make us safe from Al Qai­da.
    And, for that mat­ter, nei­ther is drain­ing our nation’s resources to fight anoth­er los­ing war, half-way around the world, when peo­ple are hurt­ing here at home. Or padding the pock­ets of your rich pals while we all go down the toi­let. I bet­ter stop now, because that I-word is sound­ing bet­ter with each sen­tence.

Howard Apple­gate

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