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November 1, 2012

Letters to the editor


Kathleen O’Connor Ives for Senate

To the editor:

As a clergyman for some 30 years, I was recently shocked at a survey that described most clergy as non-authentic. We are described as having a great party line, quick at quoting sacred Scripture, but too often slow to speak from the heart. I suspect that many surveys say the same thing about politicians.

The first time I met Kathleen O’Connor Ives was at a senior citizen center. I was struck by her authenticity! What you see here is what you get! Like , Behold a person in whom there is no guile! Upon hearing her speak, I did what I have never done with any other office-seeker — I wrote her a check.

Katy visited a group dance several weeks ago. After I was told that she was in the hall, I looked around to see if I could spot her. Lo and behold, she was standing right next to me with her husband. No fanfare. No grand announcement. Totally unassuming. And yet, strong in a gentle way — and gentle in a strong way. She is my kind of senator!

Over a lifetime, I’ve voted Independent and I’ve voted both parties. With Katy, the party doesn’t matter. Her authenticity transcends it all.

The Rev. Dr. Bob Gallagher



violence hits home

at election time

To the editor:

Our family is disturbed about what happened in Benghazi. The handling of this situation is a disgrace for the families whose loved ones were murdered and their cries are going unanswered by President Obama and the State Department. Can you imagine not knowing how your child died, but only that he did? Rumors continue to surface that Ambassador Stevens was violated in a depraved manner.

U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the attack that it was terrorist and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it. Why so long to tell us the facts?

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