Letters to the Editor - Nov. 20

November 20, 2012

Handling of Benghazi attack ‘nauseating and disturbing’

To the editor:

Most believed from day one that those killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, died from a terrorist attack. Reports have said that various key agencies within the Obama administration knew in “real time,” to include the White House.

Despite what they knew, what I would call “lies” emanated from the White House for weeks. The “lies” were also echoed by surrogates, such as the president’s press secretary (Jay Carney), the Secretary of State and the ambassador to the U.N. Anyone paying attention would be able to connect the dots that point to one of the greatest cover-ups in U.S. history.

It is difficult to determine, however, which is more nauseating and disturbing: the Fox News report that orders were given to our CIA operatives and military to not respond to Americans under attack or the cover-up that ensued. And there are others who say that consulate security personnel were inexplicably removed despite two previous attacks (April and June of this year), a concern that was made well-known to ‘the powers that be’ by the late ambassador.

As per usual, this horrific story is off the radar screen for most Americans, I believe, because the media (with rare exception) chose to keep the story under wraps in order to run interference for the current administration given the upcoming presidential election. The president and his partners in crime miscalculated their ability to keep the truth about this terrorist attack from exploding at the 11th hour of Obama’s campaign. It comes as no surprise to me that a legion of true patriots would emerge from our military and the U.S. intelligence community to make sure the truth would be told.

Bottom line: Four Americans were killed in Benghazi, to include a U.S. ambassador. Numerous calls are said to have gone out and been received by many on a global scale who could have responded. Contingency plans do exist for just such an occurrence. Washington gave orders more than once to “stand down” and to not render help.

Two of the four killed were former Navy SEALs. These two were not charged with protecting the ambassador or the compound, but had an unrelated covert mission in Benghazi. But they saved an estimated 20 individuals who were under attack at the consulate compound, and they lost their lives doing so. This is why so many in the military, from enlisted to generals, as well as those in the intelligence community, are now speaking out.

Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, the former Navy SEALs, are heroes. This administration’s narrative of what happened that fateful night would have swept such valor under the political rug. Fellow SEALs, military comrades, and those in the intelligence community (who are sworn to help them) will not bow to this administration and “lie” like agency appointees and the media have done.

Jim Rosko

Diabetes prevention can save loss of limbs

To the editor:

Losing a limb because of a largely preventable disease is tragic. The rate of amputation for those with Type 2 diabetes is 10 times higher than for those without diabetes. Nearly 26 million people have diabetes and another 79 million are at risk.

November is Diabetes Prevention month, and we at Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics in Hagerstown want to encourage efforts to reduce the spread of this insidious disease. 

In our practice, we fit those who have lost limbs with prosthetic devices, and many patients come to us as a result of amputations associated with diabetes. It is a challenging and costly experience that, in many cases, could have been avoided. A typical prosthesis costs $6,000 to $10,000.

In Maryland, 8.9 percent of adults over the age of 20 have diabetes, according to a 2010 report from the CDC, while Washington County reports a rate of 9.7 percent of adults diagnosed. By 2050, one in three American adults will be diagnosed with diabetes unless people change their lifestyles.

The best way to avoid losing a limb, and perhaps your life, is to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Make changes now to keep your health — and body parts — intact.

At Ability, we would like see people adopt healthier lifestyles and avoid the potential tragedies associated with diabetes altogether. Let’s get to know each other as neighbors and community members instead of as prosthetics providers and patients. 

Jeff Quelet

Re-election of President Obama is a good thing

To the editor:

The American people re-elected President Obama to another four-year term. Personally, I think that is a good thing. This president has helped to re-energize the American principles abroad that anything is possible for anyone who is an American citizen.

I hope that President Obama will use this new energy and flex his presidential power to get Congress to act as it did under President Lyndon Johnson. Something needs to be done for the people of this nation. As Thomas Jefferson said in a speech to the Republican citizens of Washington County, Md., on March 31, 1809, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

Congress should read more from the founders and then we can get the country back on the right track. I appreciate the efforts of Obama in defending the nation and how he cares for the military and their families. I hope that he will do the same thing for the victims of Sandy.

Although, I am surprised that neither he, nor Congress, nor the military, thought of ordering large vessels that can house the hurricane homeless to New York and New Jersey shores. That would help alleviate the homeless problem, at least for a few thousand people. Vision is required to steer America back into the ideal vision for a productive nation, as espoused by the founders.

Larry Bratt, No. 168687
Jessup Correctional Institution

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