Millions and millions of people heard her floor comment and the use of Mr. John Murtha's name. I do not believe it can get much more personal. By the way, she could not be more incorrect about the country and the world - the only “assurances” we want require the withdrawal of the troops.
It matters not a whit to me that Mr. Murtha is a military man. Ms. Schmidt tried to deny someone the right to dissent ... the dissent was thoughtful and, while not everyone would agree with Mr. Murtha, the fact remains that his resolution was created carefully. Dissent, for Republicans of Ms. Schmidt's ilk, is the basic building block of our form of government.
You people need to rid yourselves of her. She makes the whole state even stinkier.
Schmidt's comments were ‘malicious'
There's been a lot of analysis of Rep. Schmidt's comments on the House floor, with supporters and detractors coming down on both sides of the issue. I felt moved to write to the people of her district to point out something that seems to have been overlooked. While you may support a “stay the course” mentality or you may want the troops home soon or now, there's absolutely no excuse for the tenor of Rep. Schmidt's comments, and there's absolutely no place in Congress for that attitude.
To be personally insulting to another member of Congress without having the slightest knowledge of that person is a willful, malicious attempt to smear a colleague in the name of party-line politics. It's this type and tenor of conversation that has plunged our Congress into the abyss of wreckless and shameless demagoguery that has led us to this low point in the history of our country. Her anemic and insincere apology not withstanding, her comments were intentionally malicious and personal. The 2nd District selected this woman over an Iraq veteran who knows the reality of the ground over there and this is the result. I hope that when the next election comes, you all will remember these days and look toward someone that will help this country become what it aspires to be.
Steven J. Elliott
Murtha does not deserve ‘mean-spirited' remarks
I was embarrassed for you all recently, when your representative in the House, Jean Schmidt, disgraced southern Ohio with her comments directed at Rep. John Murtha. Rep. Schmidt has never served in the military. How dare she hide behind an e-mail of a serving soldier in Iraq, and on the floor of the House of Representatives call a decorated war veteran a “coward.” Who does she think she is?
Rep. Murtha does not deserve her mean-spirited comments. What does the Bible say about those who throw stones?
Michael S. Beaver
Mershon thanks his campaign supporters
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Clay Township who supported me during the recent campaign for Clay Township trustee. I genuinely appreciate your confidence in my ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a trustee. Even though I did not win the election, I benefited greatly from the campaign experience and the interactions that I had with the Clay Township residents during the campaign. Although I won't be serving the township as a trustee, I plan to continue to serve Clay Township, as I have for the past 16 years, as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tim Hines and Howard Richard for their victories in the election. I value the importance of running a clean campaign, so I would like to thank Mr. Hines, Mr. Richard and Clarence Pack for sharing my views to run a clean campaign.