Soldiers pay for our freedoms
I am a combat veteran of the Korean War. Although a truce was signed in 1953, the conflict has never officially ended.
How does a Korean combat veteran view today's world? Surely, he must recall freezing in the Korean winter, vastly outnumbered by an attacking force, wounded from being too long on the line, emotionally scarred from isolation as a POW, and surrounded by the death and carnage of combat.
The veteran says: "I suffered physical pain to give you freedom to vote and loss of income when called to duty."
Remember, it is the soldier, not the TV newscaster, who gives you freedom of the press. The soldier, not the campus organizer, who allows you to demonstrate.
It is the soldier -- who salutes the flag, fights for the flag, whose coffin is covered by the flag -- who allows the protester to burn the flag.
President Harry Truman kept the legacy of freedom alive by courageously confronting the invasion of North Korea into South Korea. Today, South Korea stands as one of the great economic engines in South Asia.
Stanley J. Grogan
Noise you hear is reality screaming
CNN's Anderson Cooper recently did a report on our "bullet train." They couldn't believe, with all our problems, that this was being considered.
A budget to balance, a state
CNN called it the "Fantasy Train to Nowhere." Exactly where is this state going if we take on this mountain of debt?
Politicians can find time to discuss fantasy. Like Humpty Dumpty, get off the wall before we have a great fall. The noise you hear isn't a train, it's reality screaming.
Many Democrats know truth about economy
Charles Whaley (Letters, July 11) was right. President George W. Bush didn't create the deficit, he created his deficit. He did so by conducting two wars, off the books, keeping senior prescription benefits off the books, and reducing taxes for the rich, off the books.
When Bush came into office the deficit was at $5.9 trillion; when he left it was at $12.7 trillion. Net increase was $6.8 trillion.
Bush's job growth in eight years was 4.5 million, President Bill Clinton's was 23 million and President Barack Obama has had 4.5 million in 3.5 years, during the second worse recession in our history. The current Dow is at 12,600; it hit a low of 6,900 when Obama took office.
Budgets do come from the White House, adjusted by Congress, approved by the White House and is then made into law.
There are many Democrats who know the truth and know it doesn't emanate from the tea party or ultra-conservatives. They know those people would rather reduce women's rights, disenfranchise voters' rights and reduce health care.
America has become knucklehead nation
The article in the Sunday paper, "Cellphone etiquette is a real talker" is timely but is somewhat of a miss. Technology is great and useful, but that is not what we are dealing with. Three things:
It doesn't occur to these people to be adults and consider other people or acknowledge where they are. It shouldn't be necessary to tell adults to turn off their cellphones at the opera, but it has to be done at every performance.
One doesn't need to call one's wife for opinions about buying vegetables at the supermarket. If so, one should not do the shopping. And, it should not be de rigueur to walk across streets in a cellphone conversation. We are a nation of knuckleheads.