I would like to thank you for the Oct. 7 Spotlight article on
breast cancer. It brought more awareness to a subject that is too
easily ignored by many who think that breast cancer does not affect
them. I especially identified with Shelley, who was diagnosed at
She was someone close to me in the sense that she too was diagnosed
at an early age.
Last year, my cousin Loraine was diagnosed with Stage-4 breast
cancer. After a long fight, Loraine finally succumbed.
She passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004.
Loraine was only 41-years-old.
While it is rare to get breast cancer so prematurely, the disease
affected her in her 30s and yearly breast exams did not catch
It was only when she turned 40 and had her first mammogram that
doctors spotted it.
Please let others know that while they don’t need to have
yearly exams, they should give themselves self-examinations on a
And if breast cancer runs in their families, insist on mammograms
before their 40th birthdays.
While Loraine couldn’t be saved, I hope that there will be a
day when no family has to suffer the trauma of losing a loved one
Thank you for printing such a powerful and informative article.
Kerry is no patriot
In Ryan McKay’s op-ed, “Fighting Patriot,” he
mentioned that President Bush didn’t tell the truth about
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Yet Bush had the same flawed intelligence that other free nations
had about Iraq.
Remember the fact that Saddam had used WMD’s before, had
invaded two neighbors, flouted 17 U.N. resolutions, fired at our
pilots daily (No-fly Zone), mass murdered his own people and had
corrupted the oil-for-food program.
A coalition of the willing had about five major reasons to free the
Iraqis from the ultimate terrorist organization, which could be
labeled Saddam, Inc.
Just because weapons haven’t been found doesn’t mean
They are easy to hide and pass off to other rogue states or
Contrary to McKay’s opinion, the facts stand out.
Fifty million Afghans and Iraqis have been freed from tyranny due
to President Bush’s steadfast leadership.
Moreover, these two rebuilding states are now fledgling democracies
with elections coming up and are gradually moving toward stability.
In the future, the coalition will be vindicated step by step.
On the domestic side, President Bush has created a climate for
He has done this by easing up on excess regulations and using tax
cuts to encourage investing, saving and spending by the
economy’s producers and consumers.
You seem to think that presidents create or eliminate jobs.
Actually, competition and the private sector expands or shrinks
employment depending on several factors.
The jobs created by government are paid for by our hard-earned tax
Most folks are aware of President Bush’s accomplishments, but
what has Kerry done?
Aside from his brief military service decades ago, he has primarily
been a slick talker who has voted on bills that expand government
intrusion into our lives.
Kerry hasn’t worked in business, nor has he made tough
He has learned how to nuance issues and say whatever is expedient
at the time, while pandering to anyone who will listen to his
obsolete policies of the past.
It’s quite likely that terrorists and Europeans are rooting
for Kerry to win the election.
They know he is an appeaser who won’t stand up for the best
interests of Americans.
In summary, most voters don’t connect with condescending
debaters like Kerry.
They prefer plain speaking leaders with a vision who will do the
utmost to keep America free, safe and strong.
Chris P. Milord,
Bring back the draft
The Bush administration has had a year to train Iraqis to assist
our troops in Iraq.
Bush mislead the American people in a national debate when he said
100,000 Iraqi security forces have been trained.
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testified to a House
Appropriations subcommittee that many trainees have received
nothing more than a three-week course in police procedures.
Only 8,000 of the total are police who have received a full
eight-week course of training, far short of the president’s
Bush also failed to explain what steps he is taking to supplement
U.S. troop strength needed to complete the mission in Iraq.
The Army has invoked a stop-loss order on active, National Guard
and reserve troops currently deployed in the Middle East.
Thousands more have been ordered to extend their duty well beyond
their expected discharge dates. The Army has involuntarily recalled
another 5,600 soldiers for active duty in Iraq.
Plus, the head of the Air and Army National Guard said recently
there is a 6,000 soldier short-fall in this year’s enlistment
A return to the draft is the only option remaining to adequately
staff the U.S. armed forces.
Major Robert Tormey,
U.S. Air Force