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Candidates not included I read Warwick Sabin’s column about the federal candidate survey in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. [Dem-Gaz Political Editor] Bill Simmons has made a judgment error by not including all the candidates. The captions above the survey responses have made claims about "all the candidates." That often is not true, such as the claim that all the candidates profess to be part of a church. I’m a pantheist and I doubt Glen Schwartz goes to church. I know I filled out that survey in September and I think the public deserves to know about "all the candidates." If Simmons and the folks at the Democrat-Gazette do not possess the energy, will and ability to provide complete and thorough information, they should hire a political editor who can cut the mustard. The Democrat-Gazette has misled constituents to think there are no more candidates in the federal contests. Gene Mason Independent write-in candidate for U.S. Senate Jacksonville Marshallese in Arkansas Excellent, excellent article on the Marshallese. I have been working in the Marshall Islands since 1997, and Jacqueline Froelich’s article provided an excellent description of Marshallese people, character, and culture. Superb writing. Jim Hicklin College of the Marshall Islands I really enjoyed Jacqueline Froelich’s feature story "Ozark Islanders." It makes me want to move to NW Arkansas. Howard Lee Kilby Hot Springs Can it happen here? Bob Lancaster’s column of 30 September echoes just what I have been reading in Sinclair Lewis’ book It Can’t Happen Here. We should all read it. I suspect Karl Rove has. Bill Lawrence Anna, Texas On the debates The debate between John Edwards and Dick Cheney presented Americans with a stark choice. John Edwards shared an optimistic vision for the next four years: Genuine leadership in the war on terror. An economic growth plan that creates jobs and keeps them here at home. Affordable health care for every American. A plan to make America stronger at home and respected abroad. But Dick Cheney had nothing to share but attacks and excuses. He could not answer why we didn’t have enough troops on the ground when we invaded Iraq. He couldn’t answer where the Weapons of Mass Destruction are, not could he answer why Halliburton was given a free ticket into Iraq. As the architect of four years of failed Bush administration policies, Cheney had a lot to answer for in this debate with few answers. This country needs to take back our respect and world leadership. I want a plan for the future, not attacks and excuses. The vice presidential debate made it clear that John Kerry and John Edwards are the right choice. John Hillis Hot Springs Watching John Kerry thrash George Bush in the first debate confirmed what I always thought. He will be a much better commander in chief than Bush. When Kerry mentioned Osama Bin Laden, Bush squirmed. He exposed how Bush failed the American people. Bush always claimed he needs no permission slip to defend America. Yet he outsourced the capture or kill of the world’s most dangerous terrorist. He allowed the killer of 3,000 Americans to escape. Then he abandoned that pursuit to invade Iraq. This was indeed a colossal error in judgment. Bush lied to America to attack Iraq. Kerry will NEVER lie to America. As commander in chief he would NEVER have allowed Bin Laden to escape. He would have let our troops do the job themselves. John Kerry can be trusted to defend us. That’s why he should be our next commander in chief. Paul Joseph Dillon Fort Smith After watching the vice-presidential debate this week, I just wanted to voice my strong support for John Kerry and John Edwards. I thought John Edwards appeared superior to Vice President Cheney in the debate. Edwards reinforced his and John Kerry’s positions on the major issues while discrediting Cheney’s recent campaign of fear and highlighting the Bush administration’s failures across the board. Watching both candidates side by side during this debate only strengthened my resolve as a Kerry-Edwards supporter. Along with the first presidential debate featuring Kerry and Bush, last night’s superior showing by Edwards gave me (and I’m sure many other voters) the feeling of confidence and excitement in the Kerry-Edwards campaign. I’m counting the days until John Kerry and John Edwards take office. The Kerry-Edwards campaign is surging. For all the voters that are still searching for their candidate, take this opportunity to back John Kerry and John Edwards. Let’s move this country in the right direction! Derek Welker Maumelle
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