Letters to the Editor

It's time for Sheehan to stop protest for good of the country

As a U.S. citizen and a U.S. Army retiree, I feel sorry and compassion for any parent who has lost a child in the Iraq conflict, even Cindy Sheehan, who continues to spout her poison and hate. Enough is enough! It is time for Sheehan to take her carnival home. Her son was a brave soldier who died for his country and she is now dishonoring his memory. Sheehan may be exercising her First Amendment rights but her political grandstanding spectacle has now attracted a following of radicals who care not for her or her dead son but only about their own selfish political goal of returning the Democratic Party to power. One can question the cause for which he died but it is another to say he was "murdered by the Bush crime family."

Casey was a volunteer and re-enlisted for a second term even knowing he would go to Iraq. He was killed in an ambush while rushing on a volunteer rescue mission in Sadr City. Casey was a hero.

The grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins said in a statement: "The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, with prayer and respect."

The news media has done Cindy Sheehan no favor in letting a grief-stricken mother embarrass herself before the nation. It is time to shift the spotlight where it belongs - back to her brave son and his surviving comrades. Those who say they "oppose the war but support the troops" simply cannot have it both ways. Our opponents really don't give a darn what your piddly-A reasons really are just so long as our national will to win is destroyed. Our enemies that desire the destruction of our entire nation don't care about our internal political disagreements.

- Gene Wade


End aid to ungrateful

I hope I am not alone in my thoughts on this. Time after time after time, whenever there is a disaster, Americans have been there to help, giving selflessly from their hearts to help those in other countries who are in need.

We have been generous beyond a fault, which is a comment on the American society. Those countries have grown to expect our help regardless of the circumstances and think it is the American duty to help others. They accept it readily and quickly whenever it is offered. In return, many people in these same countries speak with disgust when speaking of America until it is time to receive aid.

I would like to ask all Americans who care about this to write their congressmen and demand that no foreign aid be given from this point on in response to this callousness and uncaring attitude from other countries. It is time America takes care of itself and its people. Time has come to stand up for our country. We are nothing but a source of never-ending money for many countries. Please contact your senators and representatives and voice your opinion on this matter.

- Wanda Browning