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Dear Editor,In response to Mr. Blankenship’s letter to the editor dated Friday, Nov. 17.First of all, Mr. Blankenship; thank you for your dedicated service to our country and the sacrifices that you and your fellow countrymen made to secure our freedom. The generation of today do not properly honor or appreciate what you and your fellow servicemen and women did to preserve our liberty and freedom, nor are they taught that in our schools. It is troubling to me as a son, grandson, nephew and brother-in-law of servicemen, to see that the sacrifices that all of you suffered is just tossed aside and ridiculed. If it were not for your sacrifices, we would not be able to enjoy what we enjoy today. I thank God that we had brave men and women such as yourself that believed in freedom and democracy to propel the United States into the greatest nation on earth. Despite what Washington liberals might argue against, we do not need to apologize for our success. Other countries have the same option of freedom and democracy if they choose to accept the challenge before them.My family honors you and respects you and what you did to preserve our freedom, and all of the dedicated men and women who serve in our armed forces today. Despite what is portrayed in the media today, our servicemen and women have volunteered to protect these United State of America and believe in the vision that our Founding Fathers believed in: “liberty” and “freedom.” There was an e-mail that has been circulated that I came across and printed out and posted in my office that says: “If you do not stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.” God bless our troops and thank you, Mr. Blankenship, and every man and woman that have served bravely in our armed forces to protect our liberty and freedom. You have my and my family’s support. Thank you. Bill MiddletonBattlement MesaWar taking us to bankruptcyDear Editor,”Stay the course, Mr. President.” “Continue building the world’s biggest embassy in Iraq.” “Send more troops.” “Obey your vice president.” “Above all, bring Donald Rumsfeld back.”China and India are too diplomatic to say that aloud, but we know that’s what their unspoken advice may consist of. They’re our global economic competition, and they’re smart.Unfortunately, doing this will cause some more “collateral damage.” Deaths of additional thousands of innocent Iraqis. Further devastation of a nation that did the United States no harm. Further hideous wounds and deaths for women and men in our occupation armed forces.But it will guarantee achieving an economic goal already coming close. Bleeding well over $5 billion a month in Iraq will take the once-powerful United States below the level of economic health attained elsewhere on what Thomas Friedman calls “the flat earth.”An unnecessary war not only has compromised our high ideals, but is taking us into bankruptcy.Ed WagerCarbondale

Dear Editor,”Stay the course, Mr. President.” “Continue building the world’s biggest embassy in Iraq.” “Send more troops.” “Obey your vice president.” “Above all, bring Donald Rumsfeld back.”China and India are too diplomatic to say that aloud, but we know that’s what their unspoken advice may consist of. They’re our global economic competition, and they’re smart.Unfortunately, doing this will cause some more “collateral damage.” Deaths of additional thousands of innocent Iraqis. Further devastation of a nation that did the United States no harm. Further hideous wounds and deaths for women and men in our occupation armed forces.But it will guarantee achieving an economic goal already coming close. Bleeding well over $5 billion a month in Iraq will take the once-powerful United States below the level of economic health attained elsewhere on what Thomas Friedman calls “the flat earth.”An unnecessary war not only has compromised our high ideals, but is taking us into bankruptcy.Ed WagerCarbondale


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