Letters to the Editor - Jan. 20


Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2009 at 12:46 a.m.

Thanks to Bush, and best of luck to Barack Obama

To President Bush: Thank you for not allowing another attack on U.S. domestic soil since September 11, 2001.

So much has happened since then that it is easy to forget the extent of uncertainty and fear Americans felt regarding their physical safety at home.

It is also easier to forget to thank a person for what they may have done well and criticize what was not done well. I have not agreed with all actions taken during your presidency, but we owe you our thanks for that job well done.

To President Obama: Thank you for taking the reins of the presidency at this very challenging time for America and its citizens.

While I may not agree with all actions of your presidency, like you, I only want what is best for the country and its citizens and there is a lot to accomplish. Good luck to you, sir.

John Michael Williams,

Gainesville

Carter deserves a lot more credit than he's given

I am continually amazed at how so many people seem to be ignorant of the accomplishments of former President Carter and continue to malign him. The latest dig comes from Deroy Murdock in the Jan. 17 issue of The Gainesville Sun, when he wrote "Bush is the Republican Jimmy Carter."

Well, let's see. There was no war during Carter's administration. Bush?

Carter pressed for energy conservation. Bush?

Carter negotiated a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt. Bush?

Carter left us with no huge national debt. Bush?

Carter actually strengthened the military. Bush?

Carter did the very unpopular when he gave the Panama Canal, which we had stolen, back. In doing so, he avoided a potential war.

He also, lost re-election by refusing to risk losing the lives of the Americans held captive by Iran when he could have gone to war with Iran and been deemed a great hero.

Was he perfect? No. But was he a catastrophe like Bush? No. So, let's give credit where it is due.

William D. Hedges,

Gainesville

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