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Conservative, and calling for change

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:It was perfectly logical for conservative Americans to vote for George W. Bush in 2000. Just as it was right that all Americans rallied to the president during our time of national crisis. However, in spite of the existing atmosphere of permanent crisis, not all conservatives feel compelled to temper our convictions.Many true conservatives question the legitimacy and the wisdom of the war on Iraq, how it has been waged, and what it is now costing us, economically, politically and spiritually.We don’t agree that getting Saddam was more important than getting Osama.There are conservatives who are still angry about the handcuffing and stonewalling of the 9/11 Commission, and the Bush administration’s attempt to prevent its very existence. Some of us do care who really wrote and are profiting from Vice President Cheney’s energy and environmental policies, and are unhappy with the drastic changes in direction and protection.Conservative parents share the distress of Republican governors over the unfunded “No Child Left Behind Act” and its effect on our schools, and our children.Many of us question the fairness of the Bush tax “relief” and are greatly concerned about the debt we are leaving our children.Conservatives believe in the American Dream, and we know that it can’t be available to our children if health care is not.Being conservative means believing in traditional values, such as these.Sometimes being conservative means believing change is necessary.Mark McKinneyAspen