Patriotism means telling the truth

President Obama is touting "new economic patriotism" to justify raising taxes on the rich. But patriotism has nothing to do with class warfare, and Americans don't need prompting to show true patriotism.

Some of America's finest examples of patriotism occurred recently in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith and security men and former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods died in a savage attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound. As diplomats, Stevens and Smith were advancing the American value of freedom abroad, and Doherty and Woods were killed after bringing several Americans to safety.

Despite an al Qaeda affiliate taking credit for the attack hours after it started, the Obama administration put forward a more politically expedient but false explanation -- a spontaneous uprising in response to an anti-Islamic video.

How can Obama speak about patriotism when he doesn't honor our fallen patriots with the truth?

Catherine Jayne

Westlake Village, Calif.

Republicans can vote yes on Md. Question 6

As a lifelong Republican, I wholeheartedly support the passage of Question 6 (the Civil Marriage Protection Act). I became a Republican because I believe in limited government, both in our citizens' wallets and in their private lives. Today, a growing number of Republicans and conservatives alike are endorsing civil marriage equality. Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, Clint Eastwood, Grover Norquist, Ted Olson, David Frum, Andrew Breitbart, Margaret Hoover, Ken Mehlman, Mary Matalin and Tammy Bruce have all been vocal proponents.

At a time when divorce is so common, who are we to look down upon two people who want to create loving, stable, two-parent homes for children to grow up in? How can anyone say that a child is better off living in an orphanage as opposed to having two caring, albeit same-sex, parents?

I agree that no religious institution should be forced to recognize or perform these marriages; this would go against the very core of our Constitution. However, the Declaration of Independence clearly states that citizens have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are a country founded on freedom, and if I may borrow Former Vice President Cheney's line, "Freedom means freedom for everyone." This is a civil issue, not a religious one.

This Republican and many others will proudly be voting for Gov. Romney and Question 6 in November.

David Karl Schoenbrodt Myers

Vice chairman, Howard County Republican Central Committee

Ellicott City

Md. Question 4 passage would hurt U.S. citizens

Tuition at the University of Maryland is $8,000 a year for state residents and $26,000 a year for those out-of-state. Last year, only 7,000 students were admitted out of 27,000 who applied. How fair is it to discriminate against citizens and to give these limited spaces in American universities to illegal aliens?

How does this square with the rights of citizenship or even with simple justice?

The United States has been the immigration destination of choice for many because citizenship here has value and the rights it confers have always been protected by responsible government.

Vote against Question 4.

Elizabeth Ward Nottrodt