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Republicans: Grow up

We were appalled at Sen. Bob Dole's lack of integrity in his recent display of support for Sen. Jesse Helms. Neither he nor Mr. Helms has any place questioning President Clinton's position as commander in chief. Not only is it destructive to this country and its government to not recognize and accept the rightful positions of authority but also it illustrates a real lack of professionalism and maturity on the part of the Republican Party.

After listening to the bellicose rhetoric from the Republican Party with regard to North Korea recently, we believe that the likelihood of our country being involved in more than one military engagement at this time would be much higher had the Republicans been in the White House.

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What exactly is the point of Mr. Helms whining about old complaints? Both of us are civil engineers, and we can say that Mr. Dole's and Mr. Helms's behavior would not last one day in a professional office. It is unfortunate that what should be one of the most respected institutions of our country should set such an example.

Senator Dole's unwillingness to adequately monitor the professionalism of the members of his party in Congress shows that not only is he not qualified to be president of the United States but he is also not qualified to be Senate majority leader. The recent election doesn't give the Republican Party license to be destructive to our government. Heidi and Rod Moritz, Gresham, Ore.

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