AP NEWS

Your Turn: Sept. 12

September 12, 2018

Heroes, like othersRe: “‘Heroic’ could be gone from Alamo lessons,” front page, Saturday:The men and women who defended the Alamo were sacrificing their lives for freedom and to rid themselves of tyranny and oppression. Why would they no longer be called heroes?The Founding Fathers of America were sacrificing their lives for the same reasons and are still called heroes! The men and women on duty at the Pentagon on 9/11, those who died in Shanksville, Pa., those passengers and crew on the three other hijacked planes and those who perished in the twin towers, especially the first responders rushing to the rescue, were certainly heroes!Or must we now, in the shadow of the 9/11 anniversary, start calling them less?Eugene G. VincentRetired too soonMy son-in-law, who was a colonel in the U.S. Army, was recently forced to retire after 30 years of military service.I fail to understand the logic behind this policy. Many service members, both in the enlisted ranks and the officer corps, are still performing important functions when they are forced to retire.It’s such a deplorable waste to forcibly retire service members who are still producing outstanding work.Harold EstepAtrocity of hazingRe: “End dehumanizing practice of hazing,” Another View by Larry P. Johnson, Saturday:I extend a warm “thank you” to Johnson for his column. He succinctly explained all the reasons that give me a lifelong contempt for “social” fraternities.In time of war, such “hazing” would be called “atrocities” and outlawed by the Geneva Convention.Wayne Haymes, Leon ValleyTrump vs. mediaThe war between Donald Trump and the media seems to be escalating and will damage the free press.Simon Tisdale, in an Aug. 4 article in The Guardian titled “Donald Trump’s war with the media has deadly implications,” says, “The president’s press attacks don’t just threaten truth, they create an atmosphere in which journalists are in real danger.” Trump’s attacks encourage violence against the media.Tisdale contends Trump’s behavior toward the media “suggests a more fundamental lack of understanding of the role of a free media in a free society.” He adds, “Trump’s loathing for honest scrutiny has lethal implications. Staff at the Capital Gazette in Maryland paid with their lives in June, when a gunman decided he did not like what they wrote.”David Magee of Newsweek, in “Donald Trump vs. The Media: Who Will Win the War?” on Aug. 5, contends, “This war, like all wars, will have no real winner,” but “the media will outlast Donald Trump, because of the First Amendment.”However, it will take a long time to recover from Trump’s incompetence and hatred of the press and legal system. We have never had an ego-loving, incompetent president like him before. Trump needs to be charged, along with those committing violence against the press, for any violence.Edward V. Harris, QuitmanSelf-discreditationRe: “Russia thought it had Trump ‘over a barrel,’ lawyer was told,” front page, Sept.1:A meeting took place a little over two years ago in which Christopher Steele told Bruce Ohr that the Russians thought they had the goods on President Donald Trump. The two men discussed “potentially explosive information” that a thinking person would believe we would know about now.Incredibly, the Associated Press goes on to describe them as men who “the president has relentlessly sought to discredit.”Steele was fired by the FBI for leaking and lying before the election, and Ohr has been demoted for his unprofessional conduct. Ohr will probably be fired or resign in the near future to join the other President Barack Obama staffers who have suffered the same fate. They all discredited themselves.News reports say that President Trump is considering declassifying key FISA documents. I hope he does so the American people can see the level of corruption that infected our government.Ed Pickrel, Universal CityAsk not what you …John F. Kennedy must be turning in his grave. He was the Democratic president whose famous quote read: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”The Democratic Party has veered way off course from his sentiment; it now seems to prefer this mantra: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what your country can do for illegal aliens.”I think most Americans would prefer President Kennedy’s version to guide our country. It begs the question: Why do Democrats seem more concerned for people who aren’t U.S. citizens than for U.S. citizens? Is it just political? We all know it’s not from some high moral authority of concern for their fellow human beings. They are concerned about getting more power and keeping it.The rest of the world has no right to come into our country without even asking, then expect the U.S. taxpayer to pay for kids’ schools, and feed them and provide them medical care. The rest of the world would not let Americans barge into their countries without asking and then demand that they take care of us.William D. ScottVery un-McCainRe: “McCain’s example points to O’Rourke,” Another View, Thursday:Lionel Sosa is trying to compare John McCain to Beto O’Rourke, and that has to be the worst article I have read in your paper in the last 20 years.To begin, McCain was a war hero and O’Rourke is nothing but a spoiled child who got in trouble when he was younger and, according to one account, tried to get away from the accident scene he caused. He was also arrested for burglary, so to say that he deserves a second chance — he already got his second chance.He is also saying that we do not have issues on the border, and he claims to live in El Paso, where we have the worst border issues in the whole state of Texas. They may have both been mavericks, but open and true to their values? I do not think so.E. Garcia, Converse

AP RADIO
Update hourly