Dar RichardsonIn reading the letter of Kenny Thomas, published in the Nov. 1 letters to the editor, I must take exception to his declaration that President George W. Bush was a draft dodger. The term “draft dodger” was a term that was used for someone who, by whatever means they could find, escaped being drafted, and also did not enlist into any of the branches of the United States military.
The records clearly show that President Bush enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard, and that he piloted aircraft. As a pilot, he was also a commissioned officer.
By the tone of his letter, I will presume that Thomas is not a Republican. I will also presume that Thomas is comfortable that President Bill Clinton, who, while a senior in college had, as did many, their draft status changed from 2-S to 1-A, which terminated his college deferment and made him eligible to be drafted. And the records show that, by political manipulation, he avoided the draft, which act or acts, effectively make him a true “draft dodger.”
There are millions of us who first enlisted into one of the reserve branches of the U.S. military as a means of serving our country. I am one of those millions, and I served my country honorably for over 21 years.
Now that there is no longer a draft, we still have many men and women who are serving our country as members of either the National Guard, or the reserves of our military branches, and who have fought in the wars of the Middle East and are still there today. If there was still a draft in effect today, would Thomas call these persons draft dodgers?
Ronald G. Ross
1SG US Army (ret)Frankenstorm Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future.
Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use and our meat consumption.
Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.
We have the power of reducing the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch “meats,” hot dogs, veggie burgers, soy and nut-based dairy products (including cheese and ice cream), and an ample selection of traditional vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are available at www.livevegan.org.
Kim TeagueI doubt I am the only person who misses the friends, family and country that were left behind due to wars caused by tribalism. But every time my ears capture stories of violence in Somalia and other war-ravaged places around the globe from Aljazeera, The News-Sentinel, BBC and other media, my leadership grows stronger and stronger.
Wake up, Somalia! Don’t you see the word “tribe” has taken a stride in which its cruelty had reached its peak? When is the time to acknowledge “tribe” as education purpose? When is the time to say no more to bloodshed?
It’s my high hope that peace is drawing near. The time is approaching when we (Somali citizens) will treat each other as brothers and sisters — furthermore, the time is coming when we all celebrate peace. I am young and I live to see the day. I look forward to that day!
Yahya Salah Moburuk