'Harm's way' is inherent in U.S. military service

Re: "Panetta: U.S. lacked early info on Benghazi attack," Oct. 25

Secretary Panetta recently stated, "You don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on ... I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation."

My father's response to what he did in World War II was "we were in harm's way." As a Navy corpsman, he supported the Marines hitting the beaches. John Paul Jones was quoted saying, "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." George Washington had no knowledge of the Hessians' strength and readiness when he attacked them Christmas morning in 1777. Without that, there would be no United States.

Going into harm's way is as American as anything, and Panetta's statement shows that America is not what it once was. George Washington, John Paul Jones and my father knew the need and honor of going into harm's way.

Danny Howell

Oak Hill, Va.

George Allen cares about workers, fair practices

Re: "Examiner Editorial: George Allen for U.S. Senate," Oct. 19

I am an African-American male, who works for the architect of the Capitol. For 20 years, I worked receiving the lowest grade, a grade 5. When Sen. Allen was in office, he helped me receive my rights under the Accountability Act, to achieve a higher grade because of unfair practices. For seven years, I was a grade 8 receiving successful ratings. On the eighth year, I was fraudulently demoted by my supervisor. The supervisor took the grade 8 that Sen. George Allen worked hard for me to receive because of my good works on the job and in the classroom. We need people like Sen. Allen, so that we can receive fair practices on jobs and so that our economy can grow.

Frank Peterson


Obama's job is to serve country, not campaign

Re: "Examiner Editorial: Benghazi is not about politics, it's about the truth," Oct. 29

I truly believe President Obama when he says that he did not know anything about the attacks at the consulate in Benghazi. He would have to attend face-to-face security briefings inside the Beltway to obtain the latest facts and information on important subjects of the day.

Since he has been on the campaign trail for the last three and a half years, it's little wonder that his answer to an intelligent question is usually a filibuster of hot air. Only after the election on Nov. 6 will we know if the American people recognize this President's low regard for their safety.

He never got the message that his "Job One" is to serve. Maybe after the election he can move to Vegas -- permanently!

George J. Pitonyak

Kitty Hawk, N.C.