Letters To The Editor


August 28, 2005

Liberal groups are exploiting soldiers' deaths

Moveon.org and other radical organizations are exploiting the death of Army Spc. Casey A. Sheehan in the most despicable way imaginable. The political left has not ever, and does not now, speak for American servicemen ("Bush rejects war protesters' calls," Aug. 24).

The political left will not in the future alter its anti-military stance, and it will never submit to more funding for our military. Hence, the crocodile tears some leftists cry for our soldiers would be laughable if they were not so disgusting.

Heartbroken mothers exploited by unscrupulous political hacks may make for good press, but it comes at a price that endangers our nation and exploits our soldiers.

And the same old washed up protesters and actresses who now constitute the majority of "Camp Casey" undoubtedly still have not a single good idea as to how we should deal with the issue of terrorism.

Michael P. DeCicco


Bush strains credulity with claim on safety

While President Bush is having fun bike-riding on his tastelessly extensive vacation, the casualties in Iraq continue to mount. Nonetheless, he exhorts increasingly skeptical Americans that it boosts our interests and safety that we stay the course ("Bush calls war an effort to keep Americans safe," Aug. 21).

Having run out of plausible justifications for this war of choice, Mr. Bush is clinging to the absurd doctrine that "if we do not confront these evil men abroad, we will have to face them one day in our own cities and streets," as he stated during his weekly radio address.

But the war has not made us safer; it has spawned a whole new generation of Islamic extremists who are willing to die so that Americans die as well.

The war planners failed to recognize that and have undercut our chances in Iraq with insufficient troop levels and ineffective equipment to deal with a new type of warfare.

And as for the proposition that fighting terrorists in Iraq will keep us safe at home, only the most loyal supporters of the president buy that.

All one needs to do is check with the citizens of Madrid and London to determine how well that strategy has worked.

Steve Charing


Question now is how to escape quagmire

The president's claim that we are safer because the war in Iraq is protecting Americans is absurd on its face and contradicts the facts and the loss of lives in Iraq ("Bush calls war an effort to keep Americans safe," Aug. 21).

In hindsight, it's clear President Bush and the neoconservatives led the nation into the wrong war, against the wrong enemy, with wrong justifications and no plan for postwar success.

Some day soon there must be accountability for the disastrous failures, but the critical question today is: Can the U.S. find an effective and honorable way to "win" and extricate our troops from the Iraqi quagmire?

The tragic answer to the question is no, unless President Bush suddenly learns to listen, admit mistakes, level with the American people, cooperate with allies, fire incompetents and develop a new exit strategy.

Roger C. Kostmayer


Policing the grass wastes our resources

I was frustrated to read the article about the "grass police" ("Grass `police' help weed out overgrown lawns," Aug. 21). Where are the priorities of our local governments?

We have schools, police, social service, parks and numerous other agencies clamoring for funds, and we waste money harassing people about the height of their grass?

Not only are the priorities askew, hypocrisy reigns. In many towns, neither parks nor median strips are mowed.

My suggestion is not that city and county grass police get out their grass rulers on government-owned (much less privately owned) land. Instead, let's redirect the labor and funds to places that really need attention.

Beth Ruekberg


Hamm's experience adds to his empathy

In these times, anyone who hasn't had a family member exposed to an addiction is truly blessed.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm's experiences give him an insight into the epidemic and allow him to concentrate on the victims as well as the vultures ("Family woes may have shaped chief's drug policy," Aug. 24).

McNair Taylor


Cats not a big threat to pregnant women

The Sun was right to note the importance of preparing a pet for the arrival of a newborn baby ("Roll over Fido, baby's home," Aug. 22).

Educating prospective parents helps keep babies and pets healthy and safe. And it is true, as the article stated, that "uninformed new parents wind up giving away their pets."

Yet even before the arrival of the baby, many cats lose their homes because pregnant women fear they will contract toxoplasmosis from the cat.

But the fact is that in the United States, one is more likely to contract the disease by eating raw or undercooked meat or by gardening without gloves in contaminated soil than from the family cat.

Nancy Peterson


The writer is an issues specialist for the Humane Society of the United States.

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