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Protesting war is like biting hand that feeds
Isn't it amazing that there are so many people who oppose the war with Iraq? I really have to laugh, especially when noticing the colleges with kids/adults holding signs - peaceful or not - protesting the war. The Rev. Todd Upchurch, Dearing, Ga.

Enjoys guest column by local writer
Thank you for the thought-provoking guest column by Henry T. Edmondson on March 9, "There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament." It is indeed time for the United States to re-evaluate which countries we look to for alliance and moral approval. As Dr. Edmondson pointed out, Eastern Europe has significant reason to be leery of the United Nations. So does the United States. Joe Beck, Augusta

What fallout will there be after war?
I recently had a near-death experience, and it has haunted me ever since. Though no one put a gun to my head and I did not even see a knife, the experience was shocking. What I, like most Americans who have never been on a battlefield, suddenly realized is there will be a lot of fighting long after the war with Iraq is over. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

U.S. has a right to resume the war with Iraq
I would like to submit to Greg Weis that his March 11 letter, "Signing U.N. Charter was a promise," left out some information on the situation with Iraq. Elden Bolton, Martinez, Ga.

Smoking should be banned in restaurants
I am responding to the editorial on smoking that was printed on Feb. 17 ("Time for smoke ban?"). I totally agree to a smoking ban in restaurants in the Augusta area. I disagree with nothing that this editorial had to say. Jake Storm, Evans, Ga.

Hunt holds the key to bring law enforcement together
Most of the discussion surrounding Mike Hunt's law-enforcement career has centered on his outstanding service to the city of Aiken. I want to remind North Augustans that Mr. Hunt began his law-enforcement career as a member of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. I had the opportunity to supervise him in that capacity and am pleased to support his candidacy for sheriff of Aiken County. Mr. Hunt has always had a remarkable enthusiasm for his work that is based on his love and compassion for the people he serves. He served North Augusta well early on and will continue to serve the entire county well as sheriff. C. Scott Bruder, Graniteville, S.C.

ADPS doesn't involve itself in politics
On March 15, your paper ran an editorial, "Rowland for sheriff." The writer of the article implied our law-enforcement agency hoped that he (Rowland) is elected. Pete Frommer, Aiken, S.C.

Rowland has more than formal education
I will be voting for Jody Rowland for sheriff of Aiken County on March 25. There are many reasons I have made this decision, but several seem to stand out. With a bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice, and being a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Mr. Rowland has received the best formal education. Add to that many classes, seminars and conferences relating to various aspects of police work in his 22 years of experience, and his education is well-rounded. June H. Cannon, Aiken, S.C.

Liberals choose the wrong battles
I am trying to understand - just what do liberals call a country that has a supreme dictator with an SS-like force called the Mukhabarat that oppresses and murders his people and simultaneously exports terrorism and hostile acts against both neighboring and distant states while developing weapons of mass destruction? William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

Burk is a disgrace to women's movement
How dare Martha Burk and her group of "women's rights activists" plan to use our community as a grandstand in their publicity stunt? All she seeks is her 15 minutes in the spotlight. Only in her wildest dreams does she see a token millionaire female being admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. But how would her fantasy benefit a woman's daily life? If Ms. Burk were sincere in her cause, she would be rallying for women's rights in China, Africa and the Middle East. Wendy P. Thomas, Martinez, Ga.


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