Friday, December 16, 2005

Two really stupid letters

As found in today’s Pioneer Press:

Bush always heads in wrong direction

Once again, President Bush has flown in the wrong direction. When Katrina blew in, he was in Texas. On the first horrific day, he promptly flew, to Arizona for a fundraiser, then on the next to California for more of the same — not a care in the world had our commander in chief.

On Dec. 9, with hunger, homelessness and degradation increasingly horrible down South, his compassion drove him to fly north to aid and abet his sycophant Mark Kennedy, then hop back into his Cadillac limo and away to the East again. The buck stops there?

GEORGE D. PETERSON
Golden Valley

People like George D. Peterson consistently fail the logic test. Does this moron expect W. to set up the Whitehouse in New Orleans?

That sounds like something Clinton would have done and it is a worthless gesture, George. Pure window dressing and nothing more is what that kind of act is good for.

In other words, perfect for a crackpot like our friend George D. Peterson of Golden Valley. Why do something real when one can feign sympathy, hug a few victims and move on.


Last month former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, a wheelchair-bound disabled Vietnam War veteran, flew here for Veterans Day. He took the time to visit wounded soldiers at the VA Medical Center's new "polytrauma" unit. It's the lead national facility in a new program designed to deal with the alarming increase in brain injuries being inflicted by the powerful bombs used in Iraq. Cleland is concerned about our commitment to provide long-term care for these heroes.

On Dec. 9 another Vietnam-era veteran-turned-politician flew into Minneapolis for a political fundraising event. President Bush drove right past the VA Medical Center on his way downtown, but unlike Cleland he wasn't able to visit the polytrauma patients. To be fair, though, every wounded soldier able to pay $1,000 for lunch did have an opportunity to hear him talk about our success in Iraq.
Maybe he'll stop by next time.

MARK PISCIONERI
Eagan
The writer is a Navy veteran.

I guess Mark Piscioneri has absolute moral authority because he served in the Navy.

Thank you for your service, Mark, but let’s try to approach the situation with some clear thinking.

First of all, let’s talk about the many times President Bush has visited the wounded, the families of those who are serving and, most importantly, the families of those who have been killed in action.

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