Letters to Editor 12/5/12

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

Responding to

secession issue

To the Editor:

I have this to say in response to the letter from Neil Rotter concerning the petitions to secede: First, everyone who signed one of these petitions is painfully aware that Barack Obama will be the president for another four years.

Second, how can this be a throwback to the Civil War when each of the 50 states has/had a petition for secession, not just the southern states?

Third, the majority of people who signed these petitions did not have any expectation that said petitions would actually lead to secession, no matter how much they wish it were so. The signers were just blowing off some steam.

Fourth, I wonder if come 2016, after four more years of this presidency, you, Mr. Rotter, will be wishing secession were possible, too.

Nancy Vest

Sanford

No sympathy for

Army private

To the Editor:

I just can't believe my ears today. The Associated Press sent out a column about the Army private that leaked millions of top-secret documents to Wikileaks and made him out as a victim. He leaked documents about the war that caused several undercover agents to die and also made top-secret information available to the enemy.

There is a reason that information is deemed for certain eyes only, secret, top secret, etc. This is because not everyone has a right or reason to view this information. Pvt Manning put the onus of deciding who gets to view this information on himself, a burden that he is woefully unqualified for. There are people at the Pentagon, NSA, FBI, CIA and others that have spent decades training to become qualified to do this, not some private who has been in the military for just over a year.

Somehow, this young "Information Warrior" decided that he had more of a right to spread this information than the president himself.

The Associated Press spent over 1,000 words making this young man seem like he was being picked on by the bullies on the playground. They went on and on about the conditions that he had to "endure" while being detained by the Military Police. He complained that it was "pretty draining. Tiring. Boredom, complete out-of-my-mind boredom." Really?

That's it? Tiring? Boredom? Poor baby. What about the soldiers whose missions were made public and put in real danger? Do you think that they were bored?

The AP seems to make us want to reach out and hug this piece of trash. I believe that the military can still hang traitors; how's that for a hug?

Why would anyone but this person's mother even try to defend what this young man has already confessed to? His lawyers are seeking a complete dismissal, stating that his pretrial treatment was "needlessly harsh."

Wrong. Spending a lifetime behind bars at Leavenworth Federal Prison would be too good a fate for this person. He made the choice to commit this crime during war time. There are different laws in place during a time of war, and he knew that. It is a part of our training when we are indoctrinated into the military. He knew he was wrong and did it anyway.

Hang him high, please.

Sean Boswell

Sanford