Letters to the Editor
Readers write about credit loans for the higher tax brackets, changes in the National Guard and Reserves, world sports capitals, and the virtue of "flip-flopping."
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Need for reform in Reserves, Guard
In response to the Feb. 1 article, "Modernize US Reserve and Guard, panel says": I was a full-time employee of the Air National Guard, and my total military time was 33 a half years. I want you to know that the Air National Guard has been fighting wars and putting out fires all over the world.
Ever since Desert Storm, it has been nonstop for our Air Force, Air Guard, and Air Reserves. And all of this comes from one-seventh of the Air Force's budget. The words "doing more with less" should be part of every Air National Guard billboard.
And the Air Force is still wanting to cut their people and aircraft. So the bottom line is, I am just stating how so few people have been used so much.
CMS Donald L. O'Neill (ret.)
Regarding the Feb. 1 article on National Guard reforms: If, as Marine Gen. Arnold Punaro (ret.) says, "We don't have the capacity remaining to deal with these homeland defense threats in an adequate way," then why are National Guard troops being deployed to hostile, foreign areas? They can handle Baghdad, but not New Orleans?
Why are such troops called "Reserves" if they are the first in the line of fire while career military troops are sitting, bored to death, on bases in Europe and the Pacific? Why is a force known as the "National Guard" being deployed internationally?
That's not what these men and women signed up for. Reserves were meant to be the last called into combat, and the Guard was meant as a state militia in the original version of homeland security.
Sports central – Boston or London?
Regarding the Feb. 1 article, "It came from Boston!" that claims that Boston is "the world's best professional sports town": A few cities outside the US would challenge that claim. London has five professional soccer clubs (including Arsenal and Chelsea) that compete in the Premier League, the world's most prestigious soccer league. The British capital is home to world-class rugby and cricket teams. The tennis championships at Wimbledon take place in a London suburb that's just a short train ride from the city. London's successful bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics is a tribute to its status as a vibrant and dynamic city for sports fans.
Fans of 'flip-flopping' respond
In response to Eileen Cook's Feb. Opinion piece "Virtue lies in flip-flopping": Ms. Cook's article is right on target, despite the fact that her target is moving. I agree wholeheartedly that who I want for a political representative is someone who can change as we learn how to improve our collective lives.
Regarding Eileen Cook's recent Opinion piece on the virtue of "flip-flopping" when change is for the better: I enjoyed the piece, however, Ms. Cook should not be too happy that the medical profession once "flipped" on the use of leeches, because it has recently "flopped" back: the Food and Drug Administration approves their use for maintaining circulation in reattached extremeties.
Tracy Hall, Jr.
Provo Canyon, Utah
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