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Published: Saturday, 8/4/2007

Impeachment too good for all of them

Concerning Ann McFeatters column, Bush should be impeached if soldiers care not improved, I guess whatever works removing this criminal. Frankly, our commander in chief s neglect of veterans increases a long-growing list of impeachable offenses.

While President Bush is responsible for abandoning veterans, no young person will get to challenge him. However, youths can go toe-to-toe almost daily with recruiters.

They should.

Not much shocks me anymore about the lies or abuses involved in military recruitment. But on the very day that the Dole-Shalala presidential panel issued its report confirming abhorrent nationwide treatment of wounded vets at VA facilities, I had a jaw-dropping conversation with a recruiter.

Our Learning Not Recruiting committee was staffing a table at the Lucas County Fair, near where the recruiter s tricked-out Humvee was pumping hip-hop and violent video games out its back door.

Since schools, malls, and other youth settings resist opportunities for balanced viewpoints on military recruitment, recruiters aren t frequently challenged. Our presence at the fair was clearly making dents in their comfortable set-up.

A recruiter walked to our table. Salesmen on quota tend to get anxious when monopoly territory is put to risk, especially if product isn t selling so well.

When our discussion turned to the dreadful care of veterans suffering devastating injuries, this brilliant Guard recruiter shot back: Veterans complaining about treatment at the VA are just too lazy to go to Ann Arbor for good medical care.

So much for the band of brothers.

This is what that guy recruiting your child will say if he or she loses a limb, suffers endless post-traumatic stress disorder night terrors, or dies a horrible death at 30 after depleted-uranium exposure.

Hey kid, you go, I ll stay here for the $2,000 bonus on your head.

Impeachment? Far too humane for all of them.

Peggy Daly-Masternak

Drummond Road

I would like your readers to know that U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur is looking out for their safety in Washington by ensuring that our national airspace system remains the safest and most admired in the world.

Congressman Kaptur voted in favor of an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations Bill that would prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from continuing its dangerous practice of consolidating air-traffic-control facilities without the vital input of air-traffic controllers, pilots, and other affected stakeholders.

Thanks to Congressman Marcy Kaptur for helping our nation s air-traffic controllers live up to our motto: Safety Above All.

Matthew A. Eckman

Air Traffic Control Specialist


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