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Clark dumbs down issue

Alas, Mr. Clark, the point is not the politician’s use of profane language. It is his intention to deflect attention away from what he believes about an issue (related to women’s health). Moreover, it is Mr. Baumgartner’s job to address the local concerns of his constituents and to do so with the press, who speak for the American public.

I, for one, would be very interested to learn about the representative’s thoughts on abortion and sexuality and if they run parallel to that of Todd Akin.

The war in Afghanistan, of course, is a huge tragedy. But I wonder where the F-bombs were when President Bush and Vice President Cheney led us into the horrific distraction of war in Iraq.

Mr. Baumgartner ought to ask himself if he truly speaks for the Navy SEAL, Pat Feeks. By what kind of metaphysics can he make this claim? Rather, doesn’t he speak for the men and women and children who rely upon his judgment and discretion to honor their needs and rights under the Constitution?

I’m afraid the Clark column doesn’t need the cynical disclaimer for kiddies regarding words that sound naughty. Rather: “Reading this will reduce IQ by 20 points.”

Scott Kinder-Pyle



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