Still swinging |

Still swinging

Thursday, Vice President Dick Cheney was to address the Republican National Convention. What puzzles me about Mr. Cheney’s credibility is that he could deny any involvement in the huge, no-bid contracts awarded to Halliburton for work in Iraq.

Perhaps “literally” he had no direct influence, but what is one to conclude when Time magazine, in its May 30 issue, reports on an e-mail between the Department of Defense and the vice-president’s office showing that Cheney’s office “coordinated” this no-bid, multibillion-dollar contract with Cheney’s former employer?

Both major political parties are asking us to believe and trust our government. But what are we to believe, when it is reported in the Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and in Cheney’s own personal financial disclosure of May 15, 2002, that the vice-president, with a $20 million Halliburton retirement package, retained possession of 433,333 options of Halliburton stock? Are we really expected to believe there is no influential connection along the way?

I consider myself one of the “swing” voters. I’m still swinging.

Rev. Don Baldwin

Nevada City

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