published Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Take care of veterans and other letters to the editors

Take care of veterans

In this new United States that President Obama has created, two things are certain. One, the oath to uphold and protect the Constitution is without meaning. The Constitution is totally ignored in the pursuit of corruption, power and self-enrichment. Two, if you are in the military or a veteran who dedicated your life to defend that Constitution, you will be allowed to suffer and go hungry. Soon, there will be no one willing to put on the uniform to defend this country because the only thing it will get them is death for political purposes, suffering with no help at the hands of the Department of Veteran Affairs, and total disregard by this generation of uninformed and uncaring citizens. Imagine, an illegal alien can receive some government benefits in under 30 days, but a disabled veteran suffering and unable to work because of service injuries waits for years for benefits while wondering "was my file deleted because they wanted to look good to their boss." So much for the shining city on the hill.

ELDON COOPER, Ringgold, Ga.


Veterans, salute the flag

When you see civilians saluting at Memorial Day events this weekend, you'll be looking at American veterans. As civilians stand and hold their hands over their hearts, Congress has extended the special privilege to render the military salute at flag ceremonies to all 21 million men and women who have worn our nation's uniforms in war and peace. America loves and respects all of those who left their homes and lived the military life for however long or short a time. Veterans should join the invited 100 members of Congress who are also veterans in rendering a proud, military salute as the flags pass this weekend.

ROBERT E. GRIFFITH, Commander, USNR (Ret) Arlington Hts. Ill.


Encourage masculine virtues

In case no one has told you other than David Cook, human beings are not a mixture of male and female. Last I checked, you are either one or the other. That Mr. Cook would describe such virtues as wisdom, sensitivity and grief as being exclusively feminine reflects a distorted view of masculinity. The world does not need men to act more like women; we need men to model true masculine virtues. In America, it is not only the female who has been buried, as Mr. Cook suggests. Instead, we have blurred the line between male and female and in doing so have buried both. As a result, we have a generation of boys and young men who lag behind in school, are diagnosed with ADHD in record numbers and are less likely to go to college than their female counterparts. I would encourage the young men of Mr. Cook's generation to rescue their boys and the girls by reclaiming the ideals of true manhood. The virtues of courage, honor, love, wisdom and sensitivity that Mr. Cook pines for, and the world so desperately needs, will follow.

THAD WHITFIELD, Signal Mountain

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wallyworld said...

Eldon Cooper ~ let me get this straight ~ the republicans send our armed forces off to wars, unfunded and unfounded, that cost the U.S. trillions of dollars and then vote to deny benefits for the veterans, time and time again, just recently February 27, 2014, every single republican voted against funding for our veterans. I'll give you more examples if you're too lazy to look it up for yourself ~ and you can spin this around in your twisted, sick mind that the Democratic party is somehow responsible for them not having the funds to take care of them. You people truly are insane.

May 24, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.
LibDem said...

ELDON COOPER, Just another idiot with nothing specific to say. I'm sorry you feel the need to hurt someone.

May 24, 2014 at 7:29 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Blaming President Obama for failing to care for veterans ignores facts like Bush-Cheney's unnecessary and unfunded invasion of Iraq that multiplied the number of wounded soldiers. It also ignores the persistent Republican obstructionism that defeated bills to adequately fund the VA. Disloyal Republicans hate our government ("We the people") so much that they will do anything to undermine it, even when their actions leave our honorable veterans twisting in the wind.

May 24, 2014 at 8:54 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Each of you commenters above hit the nail on the head. It irks me to no end when people like Eldon Cooper - and unfortunately there are many like him - spit out bullets of vitriol against Obama and the Democrats, yet they remained placidly silent against the many and much greater sins of Bush and the Republicans. Where was all their righteous anger when Bush ignored the warnings of 9/11? Or when Bush, Cheney, and their neo-con gang of thugs were fabricating reasons to invade Iraq (everybody KNEW that neither Saddam Hussein nor any Iraqis had anything to do with it)? Or when the Republicans voted time and time again against increased funding for the VA?

Shinseki is not the problem with the VA. Neither is Obama. Neither is the fact that it's a government program and all government programs are doomed to fail (like most conservatives try to make everyone believe). The simple fact is that the VA, like most government programs today, is severely underfunded, and we have the GOP to thank for that. They have succeeded in their relentless campaign over the years to "starve the beast" of nearly all government funded programs.

"If you think it's too expensive to take care of veterans, then don't send them to war" ~ Bernie Sanders

May 24, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Whitfield, you might be encouraged to know that some of us manly men are doin' our part to keep the traits of REAL manhood alive. This mornin' I had sex with the wife even though she wasn't in the mood, then told her to get her lazy ass outa bed and go rustle up some ham and eggs while I went outside and changed the oil on the truck, cut the grass, and fixed the roof, all before breakfast. Then I went fishin' with my friends Bubba and Billy Bob and we each drank a 6-pack of Bud (the ONLY beer for real men) and caught the limit of fish and brought 'em home for the wives to cook fer supper. In the afternoon I watched some baseball and drank some more Buds, then I went downtown to yell at some fags who were marchin' in a gay rights parade (damn un-American girlie homos!) and bought some Skoal and some more Buds when I stopped at the corner market to gas up the truck. When I got home I got real sick at the sight of little Luke playin' with his sis Thelma's Barbie doll, so I gave him a manly whoopin' and sent him to his room and made him write a hundred times, "Real men don't play with dolls." In the evenin' I had some fellers over to play poker and I had the little lady fix up some snacks and we had a real nice manly evenin' of smokin' stogies, drinkin' Bud and JD and cussin' and talkin' about babes and sports and what a rotten stinkin' Commie Obama is.

So don't be too discouraged, Mr. Whitfield. Us manly men are still very much alive and kickin' and doin' our part to keep Amurika strong and free and manly!

May 24, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.

Rickaroo, I am disappointed you didn't watch "Duck Dynasty" for religious instruction in God's homophobic love. Remember too, that only beating little Luke until he passes out shows good parenting

Next time stick his hand in God's Box O' Rattlesnakes and let the love of Jesus decide whether he lives or dies.

May 24, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Rick & All, hilarious. Thanks.

May 24, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

That's some good manly advice there, ayb! I'll be certain to take heed of it. :)

May 24, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.
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