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Letters to the Editor

Party-less and proud

George Morin's recent letter ("Bush should accept at least some blame," To the Editor, Sept. 23) replying to a recent letter of mine ("Don't blame Bush for Katrina problems," To the Editor, Sept. 13) contained an unfair accusation. Morin accused me of being, gasp, a Republican! Perhaps because I somewhat defended Bush from some of the misplaced and often idiotic accusations concerning Hurricane Katrina, he has attempted to place the "R" brand on my forehead. I reject out of hand this untoward accusation.

No way. I personally consider Bush to be a self-obsessed, mental lightweight who has surrounded himself with self-centered special-interest supplicants. If there is blame to be placed, then I believe it should be placed on the right shoulders and not because of political party.

I consider myself to be party-less. I once called myself a Republican but now feel that this party has degenerated into a spoils-based bunch of elitists who put their own special economic interests above that of the welfare of our country. I also once considered myself to be a Democrat. But after the party was hijacked by Atilla-like groups of radical left-wing socialists, I deserted this diseased party. I toyed with becoming a Libertarian until I closely read their platform and realized that they regard the privileges of U.S. citizenship and our national borders to be irrelevant. Until any of these parties show an iota of integrity and honesty, I will seek out and support other third-party candidates. I refuse to vote for either of the two major political parties just because the other party is even worse. I resent being taken for granted.

George, we need to meet for breakfast one morning to discuss our differences. Based on your previous letters, I believe you are also a patriotic American who only wants the best thing for our country. I believe our similarities are greater than our differences. After all, wonders never cease.

- Ernest Wade

Loganville

Some rail proposals are better than others

As a taxpayer advocate and proponent of limited government, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation couldn't be more pleased that those under the Gold Dome are heeding our public policy proposals ("Think tanks are rolling in to shape Georgia law," Perspective, Sept. 25).

It is wrong, however, to say that this market-oriented think tank "vigorously opposes commuter rail." Commuter rail has its place, but Georgia isn't it. The foundation believes that mass-transit options for the state need to be cost effective, efficient and flexible, and that the Atlanta-Lovejoy-Macon commuter rail proposal is none of the above. Whether it's a waste of local, state or federal taxpayer funds, to paraphrase Pogo, we have met the taxpayer and he is us.

- Benita M. Dodd

vice president, Georgia

Public Policy Foundation, Atlanta