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Letters for May 23


Nation can't afford another foreign entanglement

Re: "Kerry to Mideast to advance struggling Syria plan," May 20

Where is the common sense? For a nation that's "broke," we seem to have billions of dollars for yet another foreign adventure in Syria.

Yet not a dollar is in sight for a half-percent pay raise for strapped, sequestered federal government personnel, who have had our pay frozen for three years.

Who is really getting taxpayers' "money's worth"?

Joe Hammell

Waynesboro, Pa.

Reserve praise until Boston manhunt is evaluated

Re: "Boston shows value of homeland security coordination, training," May 19

The Heritage Foundation's James Jay Carafano writes that "beyond question is the effectiveness of the [coordinated law enforcement] response to the Boston bombing and the ensuing manhunt."

What on Earth is he talking about?

Combined security responders from the Boston Police Deptartment, the FBI, Homeland Security et al. completely locked down Boston while they conducted house-to-house searches. This process forced many residents out of their homes -- some, shockingly, at gunpoint -- while helicopters flew overhead.

Yet this gargantuan coordinated search effort did not find the perpetrators of the bombing. An ordinary citizen who stepped outside to smoke a cigarette noticed Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev far from the area that was being searched and telephoned authorities.

An objective and dispassionate evaluation of the "coordinated response and manhunt" is yet tobe conducted. Until it is, its "effectiveness" is hardly "beyond question."

So while the dead should be mourned, the injured treated with compassion, and all first responders thanked, blanket praise should be withheld until the entire enterprise has been properly and fairly evaluated.

Laszlo Pentek


GOP ticket in Virginia is proudly conservative

Re: "Convention gives Virginia GOP chance to unite behind Ken Cuccinelli," May 16

My wife and I served as voting delegates to the Virginia state convention. It was an enjoyable and satisfying experience that renewed our hopes in the political process.

The convention chose Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a conservative, hardworking father of seven, as our candidate for governor; Yale- and Harvard-educated writer, preacher and teacher J.W. Jackson as our candidate for lieutenant governor; and constitutional lawyer Mark Obenshain, head of the law firm chosen by Cuccinelli four years ago to set up the first legal challenge to Obamacare, as our candidate for attorney general.

These candidates are proudly conservative, pro-business, pro-life, pro-Constitution,pro-family,pro-freedom, pro-military, pro-small government, pro-energy independence, pro-people and just super-positive about the greatness of our history and our nation's future.

We had never had the experience of being surrounded by so many who share our hopes and values. Like us, many of the delegates were doing this for the first time. But many others have been involved in state and local politics for years. It was wonderful to see so many young couples, students and recent college grads serving as volunteers.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was among the dinner speakers. He pointed out that CEO Magazine did surveys to select the most business-friendly states. Twenty-three of the top 25, and all of the top 10, have Republican governors.

Tom Fields