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August 10, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 10, 2012

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Air Force planes worth the cost

I would like to respond to the comments written by Lyle R. Chastain of Stamford regarding the expense of U.S. Air Force planes.

Historically, air power has saved countless lives by bombing our enemies before our troops moved in on the ground. Air power also protects America every day from threats from other countries.

During World War II, a modified B-29 plane was sent carrying the atomic bomb, which ended the war in Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Truman reached that decision when the generals reported that up to 1 million American troops could be killed if we invaded Japan. In Desert Storm, for three weeks, more than 300 of our aircraft destroyed more than 100 enemy communications and missile sites, more than 2,000 tanks and more than 2,000 armored cars, downed 42 aircraft in air-to-air combat, and destroyed 68 aircraft on the ground and thousands of enemy ground troops. Because of this air power, the ground forces captured Iraq in less than one week with minimum casualties.

Only 163 F-22 aircraft were built. They have to fly in the rain and snow, go Mach 2 or twice the speed of sound, drop bombs, shoot guns and missiles, and work at 80,000 feet in 60-below-zero temperatures. It takes years to design, qualify, build and test these aircraft. More than 300 different companies supplied parts and more than 50,000 people had jobs because of these aircraft. We are very fortunate that we have them at our disposal. So count your lucky stars because if we didn't, foreign countries would be bombing America tomorrow. Such is the price of the freedom this country enjoys.

Jeannette Armstrong


Landlords can't discriminate

Discriminatory housing practice is alive in Oneonta. I would like to make tenants and landlords aware.

It is against the law to refuse to rent after the making of a bonafide offer, or to refuse to negotiate for the rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin.

Anyone who has engaged in any act of discrimination prohibited by the Fair Housing Act can be sued.

Maria Graham