LETTERS: U.S. is not mediocre

U.S. is not mediocre

It is rare that your Perspective page can raise my interest enough to comment on two items on the same day but your Dec. 6 page accomplished this. First the political cartoon denoting a guide to international math symbols, to me, states that the U.S. is mediocre.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but to me this is highly insulting to those that have sacrificed life and limb to protect this and other countries. If this happens to be a reference to the U.S. activity related to global warming, climate change, or whatever the current catch phrase is, it should be noted that many experts believe the earth is headed toward a cooling spell and the White House has agreed to look the other way concerning the death of bald and golden eagles killed by “green” wind farms. Looks like the environmentalists will have to fight that one out.

Secondly, Eugene Robinson bemoans the use of drones against terrorists to be “morally questionable” in his column (“Drones morally questionable go-to weapon,” Dec. 6, 7A). He applauds the Obama administration’s efforts to end the previous administration’s tactics of, in his words, torture, in my words, enhanced interrogation, the shutdown of CIA overseas prisons, and the “good faith” effort to close Guantanamo.

He is also concerned about the collateral damage associated with the use of drones. To me it appears Mr. Robinson is guilty of what he constantly accuses the Republicans of — namely, not offering an alternative solution.

— Bob Pietruszka


Consumers hold key to downfall of holidays

Someone needs to remind columnist Kathleen Parker, letter writer Torin Togut and others complaining about the commercializing of the holidays that it is only possible if customers cooperate. Merchants are only reacting to their customer demands.

If no one shops on Thanksgiving, no store would open. If no one reacts to Christmas commercials at Halloween, they will stop. All this complaining is another example of abdicating our personal responsibility. We, the consumers, drive how much or how little our holidays are commercialized.

— Patrick Malone