The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

February 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor 2/17/13



Lt. Col. James L. Walker (retired)



Take care of wounded warriors

Dear Editor:

Our president wants to spend more money to pay for pre-K children’s schooling including equivalent day care expenses.  Just one more bill that has no funds to pay for it.  We have hundreds of thousands of service personnel that don’t get any real consideration for all they and their families sacrificed to protect our nation and its legal citizens at the direction of incompetent politicians.  We create dependency by giving money to those unqualified persons, who don’t want to work.  What about those warriors that return wounded for life and don’t ask for a handout, just an opportunity to survive like everyone else who has sacrificed nothing.

Anyone who has a problem with what soldiers do in Afghanistan is incapable of empathy. People want America to have a certain image when we fight and it isn’t always nice.

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it (Thucydides, 460 – 395 B.C.).

Terrorists don’t give a damn about the Geneva Convention rules. Picking apart soldiers every move against a dark, twisted, rule-free enemy is more than ridiculous, it’s despicable.

We have many persons who are only too quick to indict our warriors if it can be made to look like they have transgressed some foreign terrorist’s rights and yet give nothing to them when they have completed their assignment and return to civilian life. We need the public to get real.

Why sacrifice hard working people’s family incomes to support high illegitimate births and high school dropout rates, resulting in more of the same and more crime.  Let’s reduce all the free social programs and free housing, food, utilities, medical attention, as a reward for continued bad judgment for generations of families.  Let’s take those funds and repair the lives of our brave, wounded, warriors that ask so little for so great a sacrifice.  These permanently impaired warriors lives will never be the same for they and their families, but they aren’t asking for a handout for nothing in return. They have already given a tremendous sacrifice and, in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice. Let’s provide fully for their needs.

Reduce our handouts and let’s get some community service from the nonworking welfare types.  They should perform some physical assistance to wounded warriors families instead of just sitting waiting for a handout.


Quentin D. Anderson Sr.


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