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To the Editor:

As a college student at the University of Memphis, I find the "new" Commercial Appeal ("A New Day at the CA," November 27th issue) a little more interesting because the newspaper now sheds light on warm and fuzzy stories and stories that capture the imagination as well as the heart.

Chris Peck has done a remarkable job with this paper, and I believe that in the next five to 10 years, The Commercial Appeal will be one of the best newspapers in the South.

Ryne E. Hancock

Memphis

To the Editor:

I have just two questions for the CA: Where are your proofreaders/copy editors? Where are your investigative reporters?

Cary Miller

Memphis

Condolences

To the Editor:

My condolences to the Biggert family on the recent loss of Jay Biggert (Fly on the Wall, December 4th issue). I admire a person who's not afraid to speak his mind or take a stand for something. Remember: "If you don't stand for something, you fall for anything."

Speaking of standing for something, I'd like to volunteer to be the Flyer's resident Christian conservative spokesperson. By reviewing the letters page each week it's already obvious that you've got plenty of left-leaning liberals speaking their mind.

Mark McKee

Germantown

ChRISTmas Spirit?

To the Editor:

Where are the lights; where are the decorations; where's the tree; where's the parade? It is sad but true. Virtually all signs of Christmas have been eliminated from downtown Memphis by the city -- other than private businesses. What happened? It is clear that it is Definitely Not Downtown for Christmas spirit!

Penny Recker

Memphis

To the Editor:

George Soros says it best: The 2004 presidential election will be a fight for America's soul ("Checks and Balances," December 4th issue).

In the 2002 midterm election in Georgia, Diebold Inc. provided the electronic ballot system. This was the first election using a paperless, unverifiable, electronic vote in Georgia. A state that had not elected a Republican governor in 120 years suddenly defies the polls and elects a Republican governor. Max Cleland, a decorated Vietnam war vet, loses to a Republican who accused him of being insufficiently patriotic. Unfortunately we can never know if these were flukes or were because of irregularities in Republican-owned Diebold's paperless voting system.

The 2004 presidential election is less than a year away and it becomes daily more evident that electronic voting systems can be easily tampered with and election results shifted in the desired direction. University researchers, system analysts, and investigative journalists are all warning that American democracy is under threat. They couldn't be more correct.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, California

Endangered Troops

To the Editor:

Recently, the Pentagon admitted they were not prepared for the war that followed President Bush's visit to an aircraft carrier on May 1st that proudly displayed a banner: "Mission Accomplished!" This lack of preparation resulted in our troops now being exposed to danger with thin-skinned Humvees and a shortage of proper body armor. The Pentagon promised they would have all the equipment our troops will need within two years!

The response from Congress: "This is unacceptable!" I agree.

Families of our troops are purchasing what protective equipment they can find and are air-freighting it to Iraq and Afghanistan. This is too big of a job for a few families and friends to handle alone. All Americans should participate in giving badly needed assistance to our heroes in harm's way. During these holidays, take a few moments to help our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you are unsure of what you can do, I suggest you contact the White House and Congress. If they can't provide the equipment, they should at least know what is needed and how we can get it to them fast!

Robert Perkins

Richfield, North Carolina

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