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KQV Editorial

The Death of John Murtha and its Far-reaching Impact!

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     The death of Congressman John Murtha, one of the most influential figures in Washington, will have a tremendous impact on his 12th. District, the state of Pennsylvania, and our national government!


     Murtha, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974 until his death last week, was one of the key figures in the nation’s capitol.  An ardent supporter of the military, military spending, and military policy, the ex-marine was a force to be reckoned with on the national scene.


    Murtha’s power extended far beyond the military…he was a key figure in national legislation and a man who extensively exerted his influence in Washington.  He represented Pennsylvania’s 12th. District forcefully during his 36-year career.  He fought long and hard for his district and was well-known for his dedication to ear-marks that favored not only his district but also the state of Pennsylvania.


     One political observer said: “John Murtha was never interested in acquiring personal money…he was interested in acquiring power…and he knew how to use it!”


     Murtha was highly-respected among his colleagues and he expressed his opinions forcefully.  He was known as a man who knew what he believed in, and never retreated from his positions.  U.S. Representative Mike Doyle called his a “giant with an unflinching voice.” Murtha was revered by many and feared by others.  He was often described as tough-as-nails!


     Needless to say, he was a very controversial figure in Washington.  According to another political observer, “He was a loyal friend and a feared enemy.  With John Murtha his country, his loyalty to the military and his devotion to Pennsylvania and the 12th Congressional District came first.” 


     Saying that he will be hard to replace is an understatement. He understood all of the ins and outs of government and he knew how to get things done.


     As he gained seniority, he became more powerful in Congress.  He always knew where he wanted to go and how to get there.  His influence down through the years was immense.  He was a powerful force in the legislative process and evidence of his work can be seen everywhere in the country.


     There were those who were cautious to be around him, but his imprint on the country has been immeasurable.


     We salute him for who he was and what he was and for his years of service in the military and in the United States House of Representatives.


     …His commitment to this country can never be denied!!!



Robert W. Dickey


KQV Newsradio
February 18, 19, 20, 2010                                   














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Mr. Murtha passed away and I will pray for his family. As far as a man I knew little of him, only what I read and heard on stations like yours. I do know that like Sen. Kennedy he build his own little kingdom within our government and no one man should ever have that kind of power in Washington D.C. When will we ever place terms limits on all these so called " servants of the people?" It is over due and it must happen soon if we are to save our country from these power hungry politicians. Thank you for offering this format so the people can express their views.
-Dan , McKees Rocks

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