Letters to the Editor

Reagan was way off the mark in his column

To the Editor:

May I first introduce myself as a registered Republican whose first vote went for Tom Dewey. I voted straight Republican through Ronald Reagan. Aware that the first Bush represented, via his father, corporate America, especially munitions and oil, and with the voice of the right wing beginning to take over the Republican Party, I began to vote Democratic. I served in the U.S. Navy from January 1938 to January 1946. I held every rank, from apprentice seaman through chief petty officer and was commissioned as ensign in the regular Navy and became a lieutenant. I served aboard ships active in the South Pacific, including Leyte and Okinawa, and was in a landing team at Vella La Vella. In addition, I was in Safi and Casa Blanca in Africa.

I never supported the reasons for going to war in Korea, Vietnam or Iraq. The effort in Afghanistan I was inclined to support, but I was of the opinion that it was a half-hearted effort by an administration more occupied with the Middle East oil suppliers.

I was never a "fan" of Michael Reagan, and therefore, never read his column, a column of smoke intended to help "fire-up" the right wingers. However, his blasphemous article of Aug. 26 headlined "Who does Cindy Sheehan really hate?" fired-up my curiosity.

Mr. Reagan stated that Cindy Sheehan really despises her late son. His analogy is far-fetched and should be disgusting to any reasonable person. For Reagan to sound "academic" and use a Freudian concept to justify his malicious attack on Sheehan is outrageous and totally without merit. He says, "She knows that George Bush did not kill her son." Had not George W. Bush pursued the misguided course he has taken, her son would be alive. So draw your own conclusions.

I take this moment to declare that there is more meat (truth) in what Ms. Sheehan "puts out" than the "baloney" Reagan delivers ­ regardless how you slice it. Reagan and Sheehan don't need to talk to the president. A talk with a therapist would be more appropriate. She should talk to Carl Rove ­ he is the "puppeteer." Cut the strings, and where would poor George land?

William Bronn

Kingman