Letters to the Editor
I will keep this short and sweet. When you have an elected official as honest, as hard working and as dedicated to the job as Congressman Howard Coble, why would you even consider voting for someone else? Howard Coble is a man of integrity and intelligence. He has been honorably serving the 6 th District for the past 24 years. He has earned our trust and respect. I am voting for Howard Coble on Nov. 4, and I hope you will as well.
Guynell C. Knight
Dear Editor: I always knew that Rep. Howard Coble was a fiscal conservative. He has been voting that way in Washington for more than 20 years. He is known as the man with the sharp pencil. I was reading recently that he even maintains his congressional offices in a fiscally prudent manner. I saw that for the past 23 years, Rep. Coble has returned funds that were designated to operate his offices and pay his outstanding staff. He has returned more than $1 million in unspent funds to the Treasury. If all 535 members of the House and Senate operated their offices as efficiently as Howard Coble, it could add up to some real savings. To paraphrase what Sen. Everett Dirksen once said about Washington, a million here and a million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. Howard Coble has done his part to not only talk like a fiscal conservative, but act like one, too.
Ralph and Lucille Hixon
Dear Editor: In this crazy election season that is upon us, voters are sifting through the muck and the mire for some integrity and honesty. We are being bombarded with the message of change, change, change. Well, there is one change that we cannot make and should not make. I am referring to the race for the 6 th Congressional District. In office now is a man of real integrity and real honesty. Of course, I am speaking about our Rep. Howard Coble. Here is a man who defines the term public servant. He is honest and hard working. He is the same fiscal conservative we first elected, and he is still fighting to reduce reckless and wasteful spending in Washington. Change can be good, but in the case of Congressman Howard Coble, change is not the answer. He hasn’t changed. He has kept his word to us. We have to reelect him to keep fighting for us.
Letter to the Editor: Rep. Howard Coble is wellknown as a folksy, old-school kind of politician. From everything I know about the man, he is the genuine article. But no one would accuse Howard of being a cuttingedge cyber candidate. He’s no Al Gore — the inventor of the internet. That is why I was pleasantly surprised to come across his new campaign website the other day. For somebody as old fashioned as Howard, his campaign website was pretty impressive and chock full of interesting information. There is a detailed issues page where you can receive information about Congressman Coble’s positions on topics from A to W (maybe you should add something about the Zoo, Howard). There is information on the congressional district, on a listing of polling places and even his biography. There is a detailed listing of his news releases so you can see what he has been working on in Congress, along with video and audio presentations about his campaign. Of course, like all politicians, Howard will be glad to accept a campaign contribution right from the website, too. Coble’s website will help you make a more informed opinion about the man and the elected official. I urge you to check it out for yourself at www. cobleforcongress.com. To prove that he is still not that cutting edge, however, there is no Howard Coble blog on the site. C’mon, Howard, start blogging!
John R. Beaman Jr.
Hater or hero?
My grandmother used to say, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” Bush’s approval ratings have sunk to 25 percent. Polling shows McCain is supported by about 42 percent. How bad would things have to be for these people to admit that the Bush, Cheney and McCain philosophy of governance is wrong? Many have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by a radical propaganda machine, led by Limbaugh and Hannity. There is no lie too big for them to believe or repeat. Even now they are blaming Clinton and democrats for their own miscalculations. The radical ideology of neo-conservatives has driven America off a cliff by any standard of measurement. There’s no need to list their catastrophic failures here. They turned their back on the middle class, working folks and the poor, while deregulating Wall Street. This was government of the rich, by the few and for the greedy. We now have clear evidence that this ideology doesn’t work. Can they really say that America is better off now than we were during the Clinton years? You bet they can! They are the hard-core true believers who can’t ever confess they were wrong. Danny Glenn