As an ex-Army officer, I object to the language used by Attorney General Doug Gansler when referring to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's military career ("Back seat bickering," April 23). However, Mr. Gansler should have talked about the fact that Mr. Brown has not used the training he received in the Army in his job as lieutenant governor.

In the military, I learned that it was important for a leader to know and understand all the duties of his men. That meant actually doing their job. Mr. Brown obviously did not do this; if he had, he would have known about the failure of the health exchange software's operation in advance.

He also did not use another lesson from the military: Always take on and accept both the failures and successes of your men and unit. He has blamed everyone but himself for the failure.

Mr. Gansler would be smart to use Mr. Brown's military career against him but in an entirely different way.

Neal Cohen, Reisterstown

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