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Words, actions

November 6, 2004

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To the editor:

The exit polls from Tuesday told us that the top issue for voters was "moral values" and 80 percent of people who believed that was the top issue voted for Bush. This administration instituted tax cuts for the wealthy while allowing millions to fall into poverty. Millions have lost their health care and live day to day with the anxiety of knowing that one illness could bankrupt them.

Iraq was not a threat and there was no connection between Iraq and al-Qaida. This president misled Congress, America and the world in his desire to go to war. Now, according to The New York Times, an estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilians are dead and over 1,100 of our soldiers are dead in a war that has no justification. These are the moral values you support?

Memos have become public showing that this administration believes it can act outside of the Geneva Convention and torture prisoners of war. There have been allegations of torture not just in Iraq, but in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan as well. The reports that have come from all three places reveal very similar methods dispelling the idea that this is just the actions of a "few bad apples." Torture is moral?

As a Christian and an American, this appalls me. I do not believe that calling oneself a Christian and telling people that you believe in morals is more important than your actions.

Kristine Jenkins,

Lawrence

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