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MILITARY: Return nation to strength with GOP

With the conclusion of President Obama’s sixth year in office, one can safely say he has been one of our nation’s worst commanders in chief. Why?

The president is a left-wing, antiwar liberal who never served in the military. He is utterly clueless about our military culture, war fighting or strategy.

His half-baked war against the Islamic State is a perfect example. After pulling out of Iraq prematurely and against military advice, he went back based on opinion polls and lacking any Middle East strategy.

It has been just as bad in Afghanistan where he told the enemy when we would

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MILITARY: Writer missed noting one big ‘perk’

Re: “Serving isn’t always a sacrifice” (letter, 11-16).

As the writer points out, military service does come with many perks: free health care, a good-paying job, a chance for a free education in high-tech fields and many other “socialistic benefits.”

The writer misses the biggest perk of all: travel, on the public’s dime, to places where people will try to kill you. Don’t want to go? Too bad.

Veterans have paid for every post-service benefit we can give them for volunteering for a chance to be maimed or killed so that the rest of us get to “sleep easy in our

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MILITARY: It depends on how one defines ‘sacrifice’

Re: “Serving isn’t always a sacrifice” (letter, 11-16).

I guess missing holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, births and childhood milestones are not sacrifices.

Multiple deployments away from family and friends are not sacrifices.

And ultimately giving up your life or limb is not a sacrifice either.



MILITARY: Serving isn’t always a sacrifice

Re: “Vets strengthen our community: Keep them here” (TNT, 11-10).

Lt. General Stephen R. Lanza writes about veterans and the sacrifice they make to be in the service, noting that ”in serving their country, they did so without thought of recognition or gain.”

People serve in the military because it can be a good job within a very socialistic approach which takes care of them. They are good-paying jobs when one consider all the socialistic benefits one receives, often with pay as good as they would get in the civilian world.

Many make the military a career with good retirement benefits.

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ELECTION: Democrats shouldn’t be apathetic

I think we should all be grateful that we have a president who wants all Americans to have a living wage, affordable health care and a clean environment. His commitment to not put American ground troops at risk in the current Mideast conflict after the tremendous price our service men and women and their families have already paid in Iraq further reflects the value he puts on their lives and service to our country.

Diplomacy rather than war with Syria did work to reduce its stockpiles and use of chemical weapons. Diplomacy and economic sanctions have at least kept Iran engaged

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MILITARY: Let the Arabs protect themselves

Why is it always America’s responsibility to put young Americans in harm’s way time and time again when the 911 call comes in from the Middle East? We’ve already spent hundreds of billions of dollars of out nation’s treasury, with most of that money borrowed.

Over the years we’ve done our duty there, and many of our sons and daughters have given their lives to support our interests there. However, it’s time for our nation to heal and reflect on our loses and gains and fully mend our economy. It’s time for countries in the Middle East to defend their

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ELECTION: Voters need to be more engaged

In the November elections, roughly 41 percent of older Americans and 21 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds will vote. Americans are too comfortable leaving governance to “professionals.” It’s time to engage their congressional offices at home and in D.C. to better understand what their government does.

I joined the Navy in 2001 and suffered from civic apathy. Today, I’ve found that ignorance is not bliss. Federal politicians impact the lives of 2,266,883 people, including me – determining every aspect of our lives.

Sequestration is not just a word; it’s the reality of less training, reduced maintenance and older facilities. To

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JBLM: Community wants military, sort of

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield wrote about the negative impact reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would have on local communities (Viewpoint, 8-3). On Aug. 7, concerned leaders and Congressman Denny Heck met with business owners and concerned citizens (TNT, 8-8).

All concerns seem to be are about the loss of money, not people. Write letters, were the instructions. But I and many other veterans still have stinging ears from years of complaints.

The message has always been that yes, they love the military, but can you do your

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