War's importance lost on candidate

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Jim Whitehead's comment that "Iraq has not been a big thing in our district" because it's not in our back yard is disturbing.

As a retired soldier and parent of a soldier serving in Iraq, I am very concerned about the war. The Iraq war and 3,422 American dead (as of May 21) may not be a front-burner issue for Mr. Whitehead - he apparently thinks voter fraud is more important - but most of us are very concerned. He says he supports our troops. However, his words suggest he is more concerned about protecting tax dollars. He avoids discussing Iraq and portrays the war as only "another issue."

Does he realize that virtually all of the Army's equipment is worn out and needs replaced to maintain readiness in a dangerous world? Does he know what this will cost? With each additional tour in Iraq, soldiers face increased risks of post-traumatic stress and other emotional disorders, and many are on their fourth tour. Post-concussion syndrome from constant exposure to improvised explosive devices often results in permanent brain damage. We are saving more wounded soldiers than ever before, but many are coming home with severe disabilities. We must care for these self-sacrificing veterans for years to come.

Does Mr. Whitehead realize how much this will cost? Where will this money come from? Our soldiers are enduring unspeakable hardships for our freedom, and need our real support! We must put our money where our mouths are. Mr. Whitehead waves the flag and supports our troops as long as it doesn't cause a tax increase. He talks about ending special projects, but he wants to fight to return the money to us instead of rebuilding our army and caring for soldiers.

Supporting our military and maintaining a safe and free America requires sacrifice and money. Jim Whitehead doesn't get it, and we need someone who does.

Robert W. Thomas, Evans

(Editor's note: The writer is a retired U.S. Army colonel.)

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/29/07 - 06:23 am
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Mr. Thomas, I don't

Mr. Thomas, I don't understand you letter. Yes, war is hell. Things get broken and people get maimed and killed. Many congressmen are making loud, vote gleaning, comments about the war. Are they more proficient in their work because of it? Let the senate and president argue the pros and cons of dealing with Iraq. The congressmen need to concentrate on domestic issues. Think seperation of power. Think distributed effort.

laurak
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laurak 05/29/07 - 06:53 am
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Mr. Whitehead should address

Mr. Whitehead should address this subject for it is top on the list for most of his potential constituents. The depletion of our militias, ie, State National Guard units serving in Iraq, has made for inadequate response when a community has had a disaster like Katrina or the recent tornado in Kansas.

getalife
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getalife 05/29/07 - 06:57 am
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Maybe Mr. Whitehead is

Maybe Mr. Whitehead is getting too old to represent us or maybe he is not up-to-date on what is important to his constituents.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/29/07 - 06:59 am
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Whitehead doesn't get it. He

Whitehead doesn't get it. He is an intellectual lightweight. If the voters of the 10th district send him to Congress, they will suffeerfor it. The many servicemen and women serving in Iraq deservce better than Whitehead.

NANF
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NANF 05/29/07 - 08:22 am
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Mr. Whitehead is right. More

Mr. Whitehead is right. More than a few people don't (or won't ) recognize problems unless it hits in their own back yard. Some just don't care, it isn't their problem and some say well, we pay taxes to have that stuff fixed. There are a lot of selfish people in this world. Unless something hits in their own backyard, they refuse to bother or care. I pray that God never puts pain in their back yard. Will they accept it , learn from it or blame someone else for it. I'm sorry for them. God love the men and women that are keeping problems from the shores of the United States. I don't know Mr. Whitehead, or vote in that area, but ya'll are lucky to have someone like him ready to work for you.

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sign in 05/29/07 - 08:53 am
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We already have more than

We already have more than enough "intellecturals" in Washington. We need Jim Whitehead, someone who has proven that he is responsive to individual constituents needs. Anyone can spout troop support rhetoric. Try calling some of these "intellectuals" when you have a problemand see how much "support" you get. Thank you, Patricia Thomas for your refreshing common sense.

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jack234 05/29/07 - 12:33 pm
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I have asked on several

I have asked on several occassions for some-one to please tell me what conservative republican principes Bush, Mcain, senators from Ga, Graham, et al have abandoned? No one has answered-I guess I have to go to CAIN to get an answer. Are there no conservative republicans out there who can answer this?

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Carleton Duvall 05/29/07 - 03:44 pm
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A person ends up between a

A person ends up between a rock and a hard place when answering questions about the Iraq war. Anything that he would have said would have [filtered word] off at least half of the voters.

Iceman
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Iceman 05/29/07 - 04:13 pm
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What Mr. Robert W. Thomas

What Mr. Robert W. Thomas conveniently leaves out is that Mr. Whitehead was reporting the results of a poll that was taken in the district. VOTERS. not Mr. Whitehead, said that illegal immigration was of a greater concern that Iraq. The burdens of Iraq will pale in comparison to the long term effects of porous borders; both in terms of National Security and the back breaking costs of social support.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/29/07 - 04:54 pm
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Whitehead may want to explain

Whitehead may want to explain to the people of the Athens area why he has chosen not to participate in a debate sponsored by the Athens Press Club. This is the only debate in the Athens area and the only chance for voters in that part of the district to hear from the candidates. Whitehead is the only candidate who has chosen not to participate. I guess he figures it's just "not a big deal." This is just more evidence of why Whitehead is not fit to represent the 10th district. What Whitehead has said to a substantial portion of the voters of this district is that they don't matter. It's sort of like how Whitehead thinks that the concerns that people have over the direction of the Iraq War don't matter.Is that the type of leadership that can be expected from Whitehead in Congress? How many debates will he avoid in Washington? If the 10th district send Whitehead to Congress the stature that this area has in Washington will be severely compromised.

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Brad Owens 05/29/07 - 04:55 pm
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Jim Whitehead needs to

Jim Whitehead needs to exsplain these idiotic remarks. They show an amazingly shallow grasp of national level politics and the issues he will be facing in D.C. He is RUNNING from the Iraq issue because it is a LOSER for his side. He is doing what the professional handlers are telling him to do.

I smell poll based politics.

laurak
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laurak 05/29/07 - 05:05 pm
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So who else running has a

So who else running has a chance?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/29/07 - 05:23 pm
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On the Republican side, Paul

On the Republican side, Paul Broun, Jr. He does think the Iraq issue is a big deal in the 10th district. But I have not heard him say anything about redeploying the troops out of Iraq. Jim Marlow is on record of supporting the guidelines of the Iraq War Study Commission. So if Iraq is a big issue for you, then you may want to consider Marlowe.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/29/07 - 05:23 pm
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On the Republican side, Paul

On the Republican side, Paul Broun, Jr. He does think the Iraq issue is a big deal in the 10th district. But I have not heard him say anything about redeploying the troops out of Iraq. Jim Marlow is on record of supporting the guidelines of the Iraq War Study Commission. So if Iraq is a big issue for you, then you may want to consider Marlowe.

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nahali 05/29/07 - 05:37 pm
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Firstly, it's rather

Firstly, it's rather ridiculous to keep beating Jim up for a response to a question regarding polling data. Secondly, Jim has answered questions about Iraq more than once publicly. We know where he stands, and that's for fully funding our troops in Iraq to get the job done so they can come home. As for the idea that we'd need to raise taxes to further fund the military. . . I really hope the Colonel is kidding. There is enough government waste through failed programs that we could eliminate to more than make up the difference, and if that didn't fix it, pork barrel projects can be slashed. Not only can that happen - it SHOULD happen.

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markwardlaw 05/29/07 - 06:37 pm
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Patricia Thomas lectures a

Patricia Thomas lectures a retired military officer, whose son is fighting in Iraq, about war, and forsure calls this "refreshing common sense?" Outrageous.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/29/07 - 11:39 pm
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markwardlaw, don't let

markwardlaw, don't let knowledge scare you into giving me credit for things I didn't say. Just observe and learn. You'll appreciate the peace it brings.

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