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Warfare’s harsh realities

I tearfully read Howard Altman’s article about the Medal of Honor recipient Capt. William Swenson (“Mom pushed for Medal of Honor,” front page, Oct. 15). There are some facts that were not mentioned that are important. Air support was denied for 90 minutes while five soldiers lost their lives. The Army severely reprimanded two of the officers responsible for denying air support, effectively ending their careers, but if we look deeper we find that it was the flawed rules of engagement that was the root cause of this tragedy.

Capt. Swenson deserves another medal for telling the truth about the incident. Instead, he no longer has a career in the service, and probably his nomination for the Medal of Honor was purposely deleted from the records as retribution for his honesty.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized to Swenson for the “delay.” We note that two soldiers were nominated for the medal at the same time in the same battle, and Cpl. Dakota Meyer’s nomination had no procedural problems.

Why my concern? More of our soldiers will die because of the lack of understanding the harsh realities of warfare. Also, I doubt the person(s) responsible for the willful attempt to deny Capt Swenson his medal will never be punished.

Richard Nannes


Change jury selection

If you saw the stories about how the jury system in certain areas of the country are running out of money or having difficulty filling jury pools, you can come to the conclusion that we may need to rethink how we go about gathering those pools. I’m almost 70 and over the years have been called numerous times for jury duty but have never even been questioned to appear on one. I am one of the many people who had to appear or call in every day for a week only to be told, “Sorry, you’re excused today; call back tomorrow.” I, have always wanted to be on a jury. I am sure I’m not alone. Would it not make more sense to draw potential jurors from a pool of people who want to serve, rather than using a system that wastes people’s time and fills the ranks with people who resent being called to appear?

James Woods


Animal House

After days of fighting like cats and dogs, our Congress and President Obama have the government “running” again by agreeing to continue to spend more money than the country has, which results in additional borrowing because none of them have the fortitude to stop their political prostitution.

I am ready to elect cats and dogs to run the country since they used the bathroom outside in the grass rather than on the American people.

Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska, did just that. Mr. Stubbs, a stray cat, was given an honorary position as the town’s mayor.

Residents of Rabbit Hash, Ky., elected Lucy Lou, a border collie, to become their mayor even though a human was running against her.

Maybe it is time for us to follow their lead by electing Bruno for president and Fluffy for vice president.

We could welcome all strays for members of Congress, where the animals will serve the people rather than bite the hands that feed them.

Betty Dobson


Irrational strategy

Chris Ingram is a Republican political consultant who suggested in his Oct. 19 Other Views commentary “The Grand Old Party’s strategic incompetence” that the GOP was intentionally using an incompetence strategy to appear to not know what they were doing to accomplish something they wanted during the recent disastrous government shutdown. I retired after 44 years of a rewarding nursing career, and in the hospital we called our colleagues’ strategic incompetence by another name: poor work ethics. Some nurses and nursing assistants would act like they didn’t know what they were doing to accomplish what they wanted, namely an easier patient assignment. Competent nurses and assistants got heavier work loads, and the strategic incompetents got easier assignments. As a patient, how would you like to get assigned a health care worker who practices “strategic incompetence”? Would you like a doctor who practices “strategic incompetence” to get something he wants? Ultimately, this kind of advice and irrational strategy leads to the suffering of the people whom competent professionals, including politicians, should do their best to serve.

Wendy Mutunhu


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