Partisan attack dishonors dead a nation reveres

The Sun's editorial board can't even put out the customary Memorial Day commemoration of our nation's dead heroes without going into a verbal tirade against the Bush administration ("The real casualty," editorial, May 30).

The 1,800 Americans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan represent just a sliver of the many thousands of Americans who have died in war. They died representing the most humane, ethical, generous and courageous nation to have ever existed.

Shame on The Sun for lacking the decency to honor our dead warriors in the appropriate manner.

Shame on The Sun for being so obsessed with getting the Republicans out of power that even the Memorial Day editorial has been tarnished by the brush of partisan, left-wing politics.

Shame on The Sun for writing an editorial that was disgustingly short on commendation, substance and recognition and long on preaching and political hackery.

As a Republican, I found the Memorial Day editorial typical of the Bush-bashing of the last five years. As a veteran, I found it appalling.

Obviously, The Sun is not above exploiting the deaths of millions of veterans for one more shot at our commander in chief. How pathetic.

If nothing else, the editorial gave me and many others the opportunity to ponder whether those who died protecting The Sun's right to distort the news and attack our nation's leaders died for a worthwhile cause or died in vain.

Unfortunately, I can't answer that question.

But it is incomprehensible that any intelligent person could consider the editorial a just and worthy tribute to the millions of soldiers, sailors and airmen who died protecting our nation and our ideals.

Michael DeCicco


Showing the courage to expose war's lies

Thanks to The Sun for being one of the few media outlets left with the courage to report the administration's lies about the Iraq war ("The real casualty," editorial, May 30).

While most of America's news media are content to republish thinly disguised White House propaganda, The Sun appropriately calls into question the incompetence and deceit perpetrated by an administration that values secrecy over openness, stem cells over soldiers, dogma over science and fairy tales over facts.

If Congress found it appropriate to impeach a president for lying about sex, what is the appropriate remedy for a president who has lied about matters of war and national security?

Let the impeachment hearings begin.

Bob Flisser

Flemington, N.J.

Peace is best way to honor our dead

Gregory D. Foster's Memorial Day column said it all ("In their memory, give peace a chance," Opinion * Commentary, May 30).

When he says that peace will remain an "unrealizable ideal so long as violence remains our preferred mode of resolving disputes," he reinforced what Jesus, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi believed.

Tuesday morning, I read in The Sun that our president said at Arlington National Cemetery that we will honor our dead "by striving for peace and democracy, no matter the cost" ("Bush vows to complete Iraq fight," May 31).

If President Bush wants to honor our dead and strive for peace, he would be more effective if he stopped waging war.

Bill Wheatley-Heckman


Gregory D. Foster's words are well stated and give me hope.

He challenges us to find the answer to war in pursuit of peace and to hold our elected government to this goal.

We must transform violence to love and the establishment of the brotherhood of man - for ourselves and as a way to honor our war dead.

Lois F. Sexton


A general demoted for telling the truth

I commend The Sun for its coverage of the shameful treatment of John Riggs at the hands of the Pentagon ("Unceremonious end to Army career," May 29).

Former General Riggs' demotion and dismissal, apparently for giving an honest (and, it turns out, correct) assessment of the military situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, stands in stark contrast to the rewards bestowed upon those who abetted the misrepresentations that led us to war.

It is outrageous, too, that his punishment has been strikingly more severe than that of any rebuke for the command-level personnel who have shamed our country by allowing and enabling the mistreatment of prisoners.

David L. Hollander


Hiding affiliation of fallen Democrat?

Isn't it odd that The Sun's article "Tennessee Sen. Ford resigns after house arrest" (May 29) never mentions the political affiliation of recently arrested state Sen. John Ford?

The Sun does, however, mention that Senate leader Ron Ramsey, the Ethics Committee chairman who was getting ready to file a six-count charge against Mr. Ford for violating Senate rules, was a Republican.

If Mr. Ford was a Republican, I'm sure that The Sun would not have neglected to mention his political affiliation.

This is the kind of political bias that frequently bleeds over from The Sun's editorial pages, and is causing the paper to continue to lose readership.

Joseph F. Daniloski

Bel Air

The article "Tennessee Sen. Ford resigns after house arrest" is another example of The Sun's bias against anything that is not a part of its liberal agenda.

One of Tennessee's most important Democratic Party members was arrested, and The Sun didn't find it possible to mention his political affiliation.

I don't think the paper would have treated a Republican Party member with so much charity.

Dick O'Brien


DEA blows smoke at medical marijuana

Bill Weinman of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration calls medical marijuana "a scam" because "you don't smoke your medicine" ("High Court to examine medical marijuana," May 29). He'll be relieved to know that medical marijuana need not be smoked.

Medical marijuana can be eaten or made into various sorts of teas and tinctures, and some patients prefer to use it that way.

For those who need the fast action and precise dose control of inhalation, simple devices called vaporizers make this possible without the noxious contaminants in smoke.

Smoking is not the issue, and it never has been.

Bruce Mirken


The writer is director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project.

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