ARLEN SPECTER is the most shameful and shameless politician in the Philadelphia area. It is outrageous and disingenuous that he would write an editorial opposing the escalation of the war in Afghanistan when he consistently supported the Bush administration's war of occupancy in Iraq. What nerve!

As a former Pennsylvanian and longtime Democrat, I only wish I could vote for Joe Sestak, who is a true Democrat and genuine American hero.

Arlen Specter never was and never will be a Democrat - he is simply a Bushite in opportunistic clothing. Just ask Anita Hill!

Stephen Gring, Ocean City, N.J.