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October 10, 2001
|Letter To The Editor
The Banks County News
October 10, 2001
Says columnist needs lessons in reporting
This letter is in response to Shar Porier's column on Wednesday, October 3, 2001.
I fully support freedom of speech but irresponsible statements by Shar in her column are evidence of her lack of experience and youthfulness. Remember, Shar: "The pen is might'er than the sword"!
You wonder if the bombing of a desolate country in search of an elusive target is a prudent course of action. Apparently, you have failed, as a reporter, to follow the political negotiations by our political leadership in our attempt to have Bin Laden released to U.S. authority without firing a shot or dropping a bomb. What about all the terrorist being apprehended daily throughout the world. We are not advocating bombing a desolate country but rather specific intelligence targets-a big difference from your column. Do not be so foolish to think we do not know the "good guys" from the "bad guys." Your lack of knowledge is readily apparent!
Yes, Shar, it is worth the cost to keep our troops deployed throughout the world to prevent another attack on U.S. soil such as the Towers and Pentagon attack. You have never experienced war first hand and I pray to God you never do. Further, further we are not solely shouldering the financial burden! What about Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, etc., etc.?
Where have you been Shar? The daily news has been filled with reports of support by our allies since the day of the attack. I am not a news reporter but it is very apparent most all of the foreign countries are supporting us and taking every prudent measure within their country's borders to curb the tide of terrorism. Do you think this is not a financial burden on their economy?
You apparently think, "by sticking your head in the sand," terrorism will go away so "bring the troops back home." Do you realize by following your course of action we are bringing the "war" to U.S. soil and a loss of more innocent U.S. civilian lives. Do you want this on your conscious? Shar, from your column, I know you have never been involved in planning a military operation nor have you been privy to U.S. intelligence gathering operations so why don't you stick to your job of reporting the local facts for The Banks County News and leave the "national arena" to the more experienced. Our commander-in-chief, the chiefs of staff of all the services, the FBI, CIA, and others too numerous to enumerate are doing their jobs extremely well in the fight to eradicate terrorism. Why don't you join the team and support our leadership and our country! Stop planting seeds of doubt in our youth as was done in the Vietnam era!
God bless America.
Louis E. Sokowoski
U.S. Army Retired
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