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Week after I retired from military I realized country is full of whiners

To The Daily Sun,

My response to Mr. Eddy will be as follows: I want to say, "No," I by no means tried to put words in your mouth. I was returning to offer to you that you offered Mr. Hoyt, which was if he doesn't want to be exposed to opposing viewpoints in the pages of The Sun, stop reading them and leave the rest of us alone.

I felt that for you to point him out and not mention any of the others by name was as they are all right-wingers. I have read a few of your past letters tonight and though I don't agree with all you write. I don't believe I ever mentioned you in a letter before. I can accept your right to an opinion as long as it is based a known subject which many would have different opinion.

I am watching Fox News now — The Kelly File. I admire your mention of your life experiences around the world. I have written about this before, however in brief. I joined the Army right after high school, 17 years old. I served from 1958 till 1978. I served 9.5 years overseas in France, Germany, Thailand and Vietnam. My point being, raised in the 1940s, we were taught to respect our elders. I'm sure you know that their is no such thing as "freedom of speech "in the military.

A week after I retired I realized this country is full of protesters, whiners and other names which I am not free to write. I worked the next 20 years as a cross-country truck driver, traveled through 46 states and seen enough of this country to know that if you listen to those who complain about illegal immigrants that in fact do the jobs Americans want no part of. If anyone feels differently, travel Interstate 10 from Florida to California, Interstate 5 north to Bellingham, Wash., and see for yourself.

I understand you want your right to free speech, Messrs. Meade, Wiles, Earle can get together and fill The Daily Sun full of garbage, and if you doubt that reread my letter March 21, plus those by Wiles and Earle. Enough said.

Henry Osmer

Hill

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If America was a household, it wouldn't qualify for a gas card

To The Daily Sun,

Don't say we weren't warned.

President George Washington, in his farewell address, warned us to avoid "entangling alliances".

President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell address, warned of the danger of the emergent "military-industrial complex".

We heeded neither warning. Now, U.S. bears the bitter fruits of both.

Elementary: nations do not have permanent allies, nor permanent enemies, only permanent interests.

U.S. international play has burdened our nation with horrible costs and unsustainable burdens, with vast damages resulting, to our nation's self interests.

U.S. military adventures long have resulted in countless, needless losses of life, treasure and opportunity costs, and now, the costly, permanent posting of military, diplomatic and economic assets across the globe: Germany, Italy, Britain, Japan, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other nations — to our costs, loss and peril.

One example: U.S. attacked Iraq, surely not a perfect nation, but one that protected religious freedoms and diversity and treasured historic archeological sites, and established regional military and political stability — and turned Iraq instead into a tragic mess.

The costs of our foreign relations follies, in blood and national wealth, are destructive and unacceptable.

U.S. financially is "broke." We continue to "float" the illusion of solvency by borrowing money from China and other nations.

If America was an American household, America wouldn't qualify to obtain a gas station credit card.

Isn't it time that we heed the presidential warnings, and tend to our own "home place" and national interests first?

Michael Harris, Ph.D.

Loudon

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