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Many are puzzled by the Miers nomination

October 11, 2005

Re "Bush Bolsters His Advocacy of Miers," Oct. 9

The Harriet E. Miers nomination for the Supreme Court may be the scariest move our president has made of late. The reliance on wink-wink insider information about her is anti-democratic. The winks are really about her religious beliefs, not her judicial competence or knowledge, which are irrelevant to President Bush's goal of appointing someone who will please a religious few. And as noted in "Cronyism as a core value" (Opinion, Oct. 7), Bush has long resented those who enter higher institutions based on qualifications or merit. As an evangelical myself, I find this religious cronyism discrediting and embarrassing.

ANDREA DAVIS

Pasadena

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Miers' qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice are paper thin. Bush says she's the most qualified person for the job, but she's never been a judge or weighed in on significant constitutional issues. People on the right and left agree that the American people deserve to know more about Miers, and the Senate must get out the facts.

DOUG CAMPBELL

Canoga Park

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I'm curious. Are the conservatives who are now so worried about Miers the same people who earlier scoffed at liberal objections to previous candidates and asserted that the Senate should automatically confirm anyone the president nominates?

LEE AYDELOTTE

Huntington Beach

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