Military should have basic rights

Can someone please tell why a member of the military is not allowed to voice his or her opinion? There is no restriction for a union representing government workers, governors or presidents. Isn't the governor in charge of the National Guard? Isn't the president the commander in chief. No one seemed to care that we, as a country or state, paid for their flights and protection so they could voice their opinions at the national conventions.

Are members of the military second-class citizens? Of course not; they deserve the same right as the rest of our citizens and have probably earned that right more than anyone else. I went to school with the Lambert boys and knew them as honorable people. If one brother can't support another who he is proud of because he is in the military, we are way out of touch. Our military is sent to the worst places in the world to protect our rights and freedom. Why can't we allow them to have some of the same benefits that we enjoy because of them?

Nils A. Anderson


Rev. Wright will keep eye on Obama

A desperate GOP trustpac ad tried to defeat Obama by distorting the career of Jeremiah Wright. In fact, Wright gave up his student deferment, left college and joined the Marine Corps. After two years, Obama's pastor transferred to the Navy and graduated from its Corpsman School as valedictorian. He was then trained as a cardiopulmonary technician at the National Naval Medical Center, where he graduated as salutatorian.

In 1966, Wright was part of the medical team charged with care of President Johnson and was awarded three letters of commendation.

Wright teaches: "Reconciliation means we retain who we are as persons of different cultures, while acknowledging that those of other cultures are not superior or inferior to us. ... Reconciliation means that we root out any teaching of superiority, inferiority, hatred, or prejudice."

Last year, Wright pointed out: "Our congregation has sent dozens of boys and girls to fight in the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. My goddaughter's unit just arrived in Iraq this week, while those who call me unpatriotic have used their positions of privilege to avoid military service, while sending more than 4,000 American boys and girls of every race to die over a lie."

Wright warned Obama: "If you get elected, on November the 5th, I'm coming after you, because you'll be representing a government whose policies grind under people. It's about policy, not the American people.

And there is no excuse for the things that the government, not the American people, have done. That doesn't make me not like America or unpatriotic. When Jesus said, "You'll be brought down to Hell,'' that's not bombastic, divisive speech. If so, maybe we ought to take Jesus out of this Christian faith."

Rev. Wright will hold Obama accountable.

Jim O'Leary


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