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Feb. 15: Our Readers Write

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By The Staff

Paying the same courtesy Would I deny you the right to freedom of speech? Never. My father fought in World War II so he could watch my generation burn the flag he served under. My son left a lucrative job following Sept. 11, fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq so you could wear a T-shirt that demeaned and debated his commander-in-chief. No, I would never deny you the right to freedom of speech no matter how cruelly or carelessly you use that freedom. And in not denying you that right, I’m sure you will pay me the same courtesy when I say “God bless President George Bush.” In caring for your T-shirt, be sure to wash in hot water and dry in a very hot dryer. You’ll need to wear it as this administration begins its comedy of errors. Anne H. Burnes Elizabethtown   Hard-working hotel staff helped greatly I wanted to thank the staff at the Best Western, Atrium Gardens, for being supportive during our recent ice storm. Not only did they attempt to accommodate the numerous people waiting in their lobby for a possible hotel room, they were friendly and helpful during the process. I was lucky enough to secure rooms for my family as well as my elderly parents and their pets were welcome as well. That was very comforting to my family. It should also be noted that Best Western charged a special rate for those who were displaced due to the ice storm while other local hotels continued to charge a normal rate. The staff at Best Western worked very hard as they went form about 30 rooms filled to the entire hotel being booked. Their staff was limited as well due to the weather but those that were there were dedicated. Thanks again for all your help. Michele Bowman Elizabethtown   Which would be the lesser threat? I am not interested in a tit-for-tat letter campaign with Sherry Kelley and I am sure you are not either but reading her letter this morning I am stunned. She must lack comprehension skills. Where Kelley’s original letter concerned me was the accusation that the republicans , me being one of them, who wrote certain letters had a problem with free speech. To me that is no light accusation and when examples abound of democrat liberal activity against one’s free speech I had no intention of letting Ms. Kelley’s hit go by. The examples I listed are not so-called examples. They are facts printed in the news. Ms. Kelley’s insistence the main focus of her letter was complaining about President Bush in no way means that is what I took offense to. I am proud President Bush was my president with whatever mistakes he made. He made them of his own conscious and judgment not for his party, personal or political gain, or polls. I am not defending or hiding from accusations against President Bush. We have heard them for eight years. Ms. Kelley must have missed the statement Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow made last week on a national liberal talk show concerning possible hearings held by the senate this year to investigate talk radio owners whose stations are mainly conservative. There go the free speech loving Democrats again. It seems like Ms. Kelly has more reason than I do to change the subject. For Ms. Kelley to equate an attack against a private citizen by elected officials being the same as any other group of people is nothing short of ignorance or willful blindness. I wonder, would WQXE or WAKY radio stations mind a petition brought against them by United States senators and congressmen? Which do you think would be less of a threat against your speech and/or actions? Debbie Bayles Radcliff   Kindness provided warmth on coldest night Our appreciation goes out to Home Depot for the wonderful gifts we received during the power outages. Twelve days searching for supplies such as water, heaters, and various types of fuels and equipment was difficult. Home Depot associates were very attentive to us when we were attempting to purchase a source of heat, which was limited at the time. We received a phone call on the following day from Gary Hendrickson who works for Home Depot. He said, “I will be at your home in 30 minutes. I’m brining you a kerosene heater, five gallons of kerosene and three cases of water.” My thoughts were, “What did I do to deserve this?” It was warmest night we had since the outage. It was also the coldest night. The next day he delivered a load of cut wood and had another load delivered by a man from Guston. This kindness was on behalf of Franklin Crossroads Church. My husband and I have medical conditions, which limit us from doing a lot. He has one lung and I have had four heart surgeries this past year. My daughter provided our food during those 12 days by cooking on a small wood stove in an outside garage. Sitting around the kerosene lamps at night my husband reminisced of the Depression, World War II, and how cold it was and enduring bitter times before. Again our family says thanks to Home Depot, John with Cooperative Office and Associates, Robert Applegate, Gary Hendrickson, Manager Scott Kruger and Karen for your concern. Also my children, sons-in-law and a neighbor, Marion French, who all came to our rescue. May God bless all of you and continue to bless others. The Carl Warren Family Elizabethtown