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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Mark Adams Letter 10/06/04

Dear Editor,

During and after the Vice Presidential debates the blatant lying and distortion of the truth struck me.

Cheney said during the debate he has never made the connection between Osama and Saddam. All I have ever heard Cheney say prior to the debate was
that there was a connection between Osama and Saddam.

The No Child Left Behind Act promoted by Cheney has been consistently underfunded by Bush for a total of $26 Billion to date and a failed implementation as stated by many education leaders.

Former Iraq administrator Bremer recently stated there were not enough troops in Iraq early on which led to looting and lawlessness that continues to escalate today. Dick Cheney said during the debate that he would do the exact same thing again.

On national security the consistent underfunding and lack of action on domestic security on the part of Cheney and Bush is not a comforting
thought.

On foreign policy the moderator forgot to mention the fact that foreign leaders would not help either president "if the current conditions continue". It was clearly obvious that Kerry/Edwards have a plan to change conditions in Iraq.

The Cheney voting record against military weapons systems, education, children and senior programs is a fact in the Congressional Record. Dick Cheney claimed to never have met John Edwards before the debate. The truth is that there are pictures of Cheney and Edwards standing shoulder to shoulder at a 2001 national prayer breakfast in addition to multiple previous meetings. After the debate Mrs. Edwards asked Dick Cheney about their previous meeting and Cheney said "oh yea" he did remember.

After all was said and done I would have to give the VP debate to Edwards with a large margin of honesty and sincerity.

Mark Adams
Neosho, MO

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