Letters to the Editor

Newsweek should be flushed down toilet

Is that Newsweek or should it be "News Weak"? Based on the magazine's embarrassing reaction that accused American soldiers of flushing a Quran down the toilet, I believe weak sums it up.

This story proves that this publication has chosen to follow in the small and uncertain footsteps of Dan Rather when it comes to reporting stuff they simply wish were true.

Using the alibi "some unknown source told me" didn't work for Dan and it certainly isn't good enough for them, especially when it incites riots that kill people.

It's not the Quran that should be flushed down the toilet but c----y magazines like Newsweek that deserve the distinction of replacing the secondary function of the old Sears and Roebuck catalog.

- Deryl Duncan


Don't cut benefits

for brave veterans

The freedom and security we have today was obtained by the shedding of blood and the loss of life. All the men and women who have served in the military since its inception did so without hesitation. The least our country can do for these veterans is take care of their medical needs.

This means not only caring for them during their obligated service but also after that service ends.

As long as medical care is needed, we should provide it. After all, this is a small price to pay in comparison to the freedom that our country enjoys because of these warriors' sacrifices.

Budget cuts for VA medical services should not be allowed until such a time when the demand for care is less than the capability.

Tough legislation should be enacted to ensure that these services are available on an as-needed basis and provided in a timely fashion. This legislation must be passed as soon as humanly possible.

Government cuts of veteran benefits should outrage all of our citizens and should drive all of us to demand that our congressman and senators work to reverse these cuts immediately or seek new employment at the next election. Hopefully, it will not have to come to that.

- Charles H. Boswell

Forest Park

Taxpayers will pay

for business practices

I am not surprised that Delta, United Airlines and General Motors have approached Congress to attempt to defer and alter the terms of their unfunded pension liabilities.

Sweetheart union deals, management corporate parachutes and a general disdain for competitive business practices have caused these old-guard companies to finally realize they were wrong.

Newer, innovative companies have embraced change and challenge and have emerged to disrupt the status quo. The consumer has been the ultimate beneficiary.

Bankruptcies are an unfortunate byproduct of ineffective management.

To capitulate to unabashed groveling and provide a government bail out is to undermine the basic premise of free enterprise.

This whole process is eerily reminiscent of the savings and loan debacle. The taxpayer got soaked then and is about to get soaked again.

- Gary Feilmeier