I agree with your reader who lamented the excessive coverage the Morgan State University student accused of cannibalism ("Less cannibalism coverage," June 8). But I take a different stance on the reporting of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan.

When we withdraw our troops from that country, our casualties will cease. As for protecting our "freedoms" by battling the Taliban, our domestic tranquillity is threatened far more by the violence in our cities, where the annual number of fatalities greatly exceeds the total of those killed in Afghanistan.

Despite this, certain politicians are beginning to start the drumbeat for Americans to put their lives on the line to protect those same "freedoms" in Syria.

Arthur Pierce, Randallstown