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For the troops: American Legion offers prayers

| Friday, March 21, 2003

Dear Editor:

With the clock ticking ever so quickly America's 'defenders of democracy' make ready to liberate the Iraqi people from the ruthless dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Troops write home to family and love ones assuring them they'll be home soon. Many take precious moments to communicate with our Heavenly Father for their safe return and for their fellow comrades as well.

Members at The American Legion Post 301 all too well realize some will never return home alive, while others will return home different than when they deployed. The horrors of war will leave its scars on many.

In such critical times as these we realize the importance of the Legion's motto - For God and Country - and offer the following prayer:

"Lord, we come to You on bended knee, heads bowed and hearts filled to overflowing with concern during this time of national crisis. We ask that You give courage and strength to those who bravely serve our nation in the armed forces. Their hearts will soon be heavy with mixed emotions from the effects caused by war. We ask that You give them the endurance needed to help them through this difficult and devastating task. We ask that You provide their families and loved ones with comfort as they face the uncertainty war may bring. We ask Thy blessings upon our nation and its leaders during these trying times as well. We pray also for peace world over ... Amen"

Dennis McKendry,
past commander and
life member of the
American Legion Post 301,
Connellsville

Pass Bush economic plan

Dear Editor:

If our nation's economy is to return to full strength, America's small businesses will have to lead the way. That's because our nation's small businesses account for 99 percent of all employers and create three-quarters of all new jobs.

In the coming weeks, Congress will be debating President Bush's economic package. The most obvious question is: Will the President's plan help small businesses• The answer is a resounding "yes."

First, and most importantly, the plan puts the 2001 income tax cuts into full effect immediately. Given some 90 percent of businesses pay personal income taxes rather than corporate income taxes, this part of the plan immediately increases the bottom line for small businesses. In fact, the White House estimates that some 23 million small business owners would receive tax cuts averaging over $2,000 this year.

Second, the plan specifically target's small businesses for help by increasing the tax deduction for small business investment in equipment from $25,000 to $75,000.

Finally, by wiping out the double tax on dividends, the President's plan reduces the cost of capital and increases the funds available for small business investment.

This proposal, combined with the President's call for an end to the death tax, shows he understands that helping small businesses is the best way to invigorate the American economy and create jobs. Congress should get behind President Bush and pass his economic plan.

Darrell McKigney,
president,
Small Business Survival Committee,
a nonprofit small business advocacy organization,
Washington, D.C.

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