In my opinion, the latest $40 billion allocated on the war would be better spent here at home.

In my opinion, the latest $40 billion allocated on the war would be better spent here at home.

It's hard for me to want to correct Iraq's problems when we can't help our own. Most Americans are having a tough time affording gasoline for their vehicles to get to work. They say the average family is spending $1,000 more just on gas. This would be true, if you didn't figure in all the other increases we have thanks to gas.

If the president spent the $40 billion on our borders, airport security, security cameras to watch, ankle bracelets for visitors to our country, we would be safer than trying to fix Iraq's problems. They really don't want us there and they do nothing to help themselves. If the president would spend the money on oil refineries, oil wells, alternative fuels, we would be better off. Supply and demand may sound good, but how do they explain the record profits? The president does nothing to solve this problem, yet he's willing to spend billions on Iraq's problems.

Are we any safer? We as Americans are definitely poorer. I would donate my $10 for a government-run and operated oil refinery. I bet most Americans would. When the oil companies are to blame for bankrupting America, it's sad the president doesn't do anything to stop this. He should be impeached. They wanted to impeach Bill Clinton over so much less.

Barry Ripley


As a former physical education teacher and coach, I am thrilled when my grandchildren become involved in sports, and I really enjoy watching them.

Three years ago when two of my grandchildren decided to play Little League, I thought it was great. My younger granddaughter played in the minors, and my older granddaughter moved up to majors at the age of 9. As a former coach of Little League, I felt progress was being made when they told me lights had been installed on the girls' field.

However, my thrill was short-lived when I attended the first game. The field the minors had played on had been taken away, and the minor and major girls shared the same field. My younger granddaughter played at 5:30 p.m., Now it is three years later and I have not seen her play a full game. My 9-year-old granddaughter started playing at 7 p.m., and games usually last until 9:30 or later. This is on a school night. I thought to myself that parents would not accept this. Here it is three years later and the schedule is the same.

The other night as I was leaving the game, the big hand of the clock was hitting 10 p.m. and the park was very dark. The last teams had left about an hour earlier and this was an older boys' team and women's team. The parking lot was not well lit. These young girls were in the fifth inning, and all their younger siblings were running around for the second time that week on a school night. These young girls and families are paying too high a price for playing softball. This is not healthy or safe for anyone.

Ida E. Gage

Pine Bush

As the now former president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz is another Bush player who has rejected involvement of wrongdoing, this one concerning the pay package for his now reportedly ex-girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza. Mr. Wolfowitz testified on March 27, 2003, before the U.S. Congress that the occupation of Iraq wouldn't cost the American taxpayer a penny. Mr. Wolfowitz was lying when he said, "The oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 (billion) and $100 billion over the next two or three years."

No cost invasion claim was ever challenged against Wolfowitz fantasy facts. None of the Bushies testify under oath. It's very hard to prove a felony unless a statement is taken under oath.

Before Mr. Wolfowitz's resignation, Bush and Cheney both gave Mr. Wolfowitz their nod of approval as president of World Bank to the press.

Ted Donly