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Letters to the editor, November 11

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Not worth the trade

Bowe Bergdahl walked off his post, resulting in several soldiers wounded and one killed when they went searching for him. His capture and treatment at the hands of Islamic militants wasn't severe enough punishment for a soldier who left his post. Bergdahl surely was not worth trading four of their POWs to get him back.

The government says it will not pay ransom for people kidnapped by terrorists in other countries. If their families do, they violate the law. Four for one is a form of ransom, I believe.

This guy should have been sent to Fort Leavenworth prison for the rest of his life. His sentence was a dishonorable discharge and a fine. Once he goes back to public life, let's hope he won't be able to find employment of any kind.

The only thing that would help him is if some bleeding-heart president pardons him. Remember the peanut farmer who pardoned all of those who ran off to Canada instead of answering their country's draft notices.

Being a veteran and having served two tours of duty in Vietnam, I only feel compassion for those who were injured or lost their life looking for this coward.

Dan Christian,
Ponder

Support honored values

Not long ago, despite radical fringes, most of us knew how to be free, responsible Americans. Once, there was broad support for the values, ideals and principles expressed in our Declaration of Independence and guaranteed in our Constitution.

For example, once, the liberal ACLU was praised for courageously supporting the right of American Nazis to march through the streets of Skokie, Illinois, where, significantly, survivors of the Holocaust lived (First Amendment).

Now, after continuous leftist agitation, limiting freedom of speech for those who don't think or talk "properly" is considered a wonderful thing. Anyone supporting the right of everyone to speak or demonstrate peacefully, even American Nazis, is considered a vile Nazi sympathizer.

Once, the Clintons were reasonable in saying that abortion should be legal but rare. Now, for leftists -- not true liberals or ordinary Democratic voters -- abortion is a wonderful thing, and anyone not supporting unlimited abortion is a vile hater of women.

Once, then-Sen. Obama was reasonable in saying that the Secure Fences Act of 2006 would bring "better fences and better security along our borders" and "help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country."

Now, for leftists, welcoming everyone through open borders is a wonderful thing, and anyone supporting the building of fences or walls is a vile hater of foreigners.

Let's reject poisonous, divisive leftist thinking, reunite and support honored values, ideals, principles and responsibilities that made our country great.

Lee Nahrgang,
Denton