Heroes provide cure for cynicism
Regardless of whether you are conservative or liberal, there is much to be cynical about in today’s America. Negative ads saturate our televisions, the economy is in a state of endless “recovery,” and four Americans were slain last month in Libya.
Perhaps more so than any other reason, this last issue — Libya — feeds and justifies our pessimism. Two former Navy Seals — Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — were stationed at a CIA annex about a mile from the consulate where several Americans were trapped. Three times they requested permission from the CIA to aid the consulate and, inexplicably, they were repeatedly ordered to “stand down;” undeterred, Woods and Doherty disobeyed orders, sped towards the consulate, saved American lives, and were tragically killed during the attempt.
There is no doubt about it: Woods and Doherty are heroes. The incompetence of the response does not detract from their noble deeds; it has frequently been the actions of citizens, not the government, that has established America’s greatness. From the bloody fields of Lexington and Concord to the modern battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan — and all the fallen soldiers in between — America is repeatedly blessed with heroes that sustain the republic.
Their courage is a cure for my cynicism and a reminder that, whoever occupies the White House over the next four years, America will survive.
Alex Barker, Lansing, Mich.
She’s no respect for Mitt Romney
I think little of a rich man who hides his money in overseas accounts to keep from paying the cheap U.S. taxes — 14 percent! But he wants to be president. Will he bring his money back and pay his taxes then?
Not only that, but with the shape this country is in and the people we have out of work, he holds hostage the 12 million jobs he says he can give us if we elect him president. Why didn’t he take his ideas to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives or start them up himself?
I’m sorry but I cannot have any respect for someone that selfish. I guess he’s afraid one of those 47 percent would get a job to make him wrong about us.
Brenda Meikle, Raceland