To the Citizens of KansasWritten by Gary R. Hess
This coming election is far more important to way our country is run than any other over past decade. The focus of media has mainly been on most important of races, Presidential; however house and senate members are being voted on as well.
This election may either make or break Democrats. They may lose Senate as well as lose more seats in house or gain seats in Senate and Reps. If latter is case, many great things will happen for party. The course of country could very well change and economy be put back on track. In other case, which seems to be more likely since last redistricting was under Republican control, Democrats will not be able to get anything accomplished. Their bills will be filibustered and their say in both houses will be diminished if at all even present.
Kansas shows a bright spot in all madness surrounding party. In Second District Rep. Jim Ryun’s seat is in trouble. A lady by name of Nancy Boyda is putting a fight for position. She broke several records for funds by a Democrat in second district. Her views are that of a Moderate Democrat however she is viewed as having great values and will respect and listen to voters of state.
Bush vs. Kerry -- Negative CampaigningWritten by Gary R. Hess
As presidential race hits full throttle, so do smear campaigns. Negative ads are becoming more important to each parties race as time goes on, it is degrading. This is starting to feel like hatred is only way either opponent believes they can win. The two major parties have been spitting and clawing at each other since end of primaries.
I am a Democrat (actually farther left, but for sake of voting I am a Democrat), but I still feel saddened by way election is being held by Kerry. During DNC, Democratic National Convention, John Kerry said that he is tired of negative campaigning and will run a full legitimate campaign for rest of way. Then later in speech started to talk negatively about Bush, how can this be? Not only are his words degrading, but his whole attitude towards election is. Indeed he does have to defend himself against such things being thrown at him from opposite side, but he does not need to throw ammunition into smoking gun.
On other hand Bush’s boys are definitely not angels. Even before Democratic Primaries hit main stream Bush was calling out Kerry as winner and bashing him. Not only that, he as well as Dick Cheney have down graded Kerry’s efforts during Vietnam and his voting record.
Kerry’s medical records show that he was shot as well as had grenade shrapnel lodged inside his leg from a blast during Vietnam War. How can someone call Kerry unworthy of a Purple Heart when something like this happens? None less – if he did not get shot or had any medals or shrapnel in his leg, he still served for United States in time of war. He should not be penalized thirty five years later, especially while his opponent was no where to be found during same war.