Letters to the Editor 9/11

Obama's weakness invites terrorists to our shores

The Sunday editorial cartoon depicting the CIA as a bunch of torturers perfectly captures Obama's false ideological vision of America's domestic anti-terror warriors.

After 9/11, Democrats thought they were clever to criticize the invasion of the world's leading terror sponsor as a distraction while lauding the Afghan campaign as the good war. Their big issue was that Bush never "got" Osama bin Laden, remember?

Now Obama is Vietnamizing Afghanistan, pacifying Taliban tribes that pose no external threat. Obama's pet general has even resurrected "hearts and minds" - de-emphasizing killing the enemy, handing battlefield captives over to an Afghan government that releases them, nation-building in a non-nation wasteland, fighting for a tie instead of victory.

At home, Obama pursues CIA interrogators and Bush lawyers, leaks secret war-fighting intelligence and correspondence, frees dangerous detainees, and requests voluntary cooperation from hardened terrorists.

The jihadis will view this unserious "strategy" as Obama's invitation to return to America with more than boxcutters, no doubt intruding on the Democrats' domestic agenda.

Obama's persecution of the Bushies for pursuing the terror war too vigorously will be the prologue for his impeachment and trial because his fastidious aversion to coercive interrogation got an American city full of civilians destroyed.

Lynn Muzzy

Minden

Reader has a few questions for Sen. Reid

Senator Reid: As your constituent, I would appreciate your communicating by directly responding to the following questions:

• Our unfunded liability for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is close to $100 trillion. Is there any way to pay for these programs without bankrupting America?

• We are in so much debt, why spend more borrowed money on cap-and-trade and health care programs before we stop the flow of red-ink?

• If it was so important for Congress to pass the stimulus bill before they even had time to read it, why has only a fraction of the stimulus money been spent six months later?

• Why are citizens mocked and laughed at when they ask their congressman to read the bills before they vote on them?

• Did President Obama know of Van Jones' radical political beliefs when he named him special adviser?

• The Apollo Alliance claimed credit for writing the stimulus bill - why was this group allowed to write any portion of this bill?

• If politicians aren't writing the bills and aren't reading the bills, do they have any idea what these 1,000-page-plus bills actually impose on the American people?

• If the 'public option' health care plan is so good, will you support amendments to the plan, such as offered by Dean Heller to have that as their plan?

John Vettel

Carson City

Thank you, sheriff's department, for good deed

This has not been a good month for me. After several tests, it has been determined that I have cancer. As a result, I was not in a good mood when I stepped out the front door on Saturday morning to see my mailbox smashed and dumped in a heap on my driveway.

It is a wonder the Sheriff's Office dispatcher was able to understand me through my sobs. She sent out a deputy who took my report, then told me he would return after his shift ended.

Later that morning, Sheriff Furlong also came to my front door. He consoled me on the loss of my mailbox and the shock of seeing the parts tossed into the driveway. He explained what had happened and made me feel much better. It wasn't a personal insult to me, but one perpetrated by teenagers going back to school.

That afternoon Deputy Gary and Deputy Darrin both came to my house - they put back my mailbox on a stronger post, setting it in a deeper hole with concrete around it. As they said, it isn't pretty, but it does work, and I don't have to go to the post office to get or send mail now. They did this on their own time and at their own cost. I am deeply indebted to them and can only say thanks, thanks a million!

Residents of Carson City, you are without doubt very fortunate to have Ken Furlong as sheriff and his excellent staff. They need all the help they can get to identify the overgrown bullies who vandalized the mailboxes all around the city.

Jo Bailey

Carson City

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