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Letters to the Editor

Rest in peace, Rehana of the Kurds

To the Editor:

Rehana, a fierce woman warrior who killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists over a five-year period, is considered the “poster girl” of her people. According to reports, Rehana recently was wounded, carried off by ISIS and never seen again. Since then a severed head with long hair was brandished by ISIS, which was tragically affirmed as her. Part legend? Perhaps. But nobody denies the prowess of 10,000 female fighters who are among the Kurdish forces.

Rehana, and all Kurdish fighters deserve to be celebrated in America because they fought in the place of American soldiers. But these are bewildering days with nothing as it should be. Any great nation that abandons its allies, as we now do, has lost its way. We’ve fallen from grace into universal scorn.

Indeed, the entire geopolitical alignment is shifting. Russia, a nation with a GDP less than Texas, gives us orders and we obey. Is our new role on the world stage that of servility to thuggish powers? Are we ourselves becoming a nation of thugs?

The evidence speaks. President Trump’s trademark is the utter audacity of lies added to an unhealthy dose of megalomania weaved together with the absence of a moral compass. He is the shameless bully of bullies. It’s a chilling historical pattern that humanity has repeatedly vowed never to tolerate again. Until once again, it does.

So here we are. Are we finding homes for the Kurds whose ultimate sacrifice made it possible for our own sons and daughters to walk among us today? Are we inviting Kurds to find refuge on our shores? In the past we would have done the honorable thing to make that happen. But these days, honor is a stranger to us, rarely seen in our land.

Gloria Weidner


Footnotes from the truck invasion

To the Editor:

In regard to Mr. Wyman’s letter on the army of trucks on our area roadways, I totally agree. Our lives and our loved ones lives are put at risk every day that we head out and travel the roadways.

If I may, I would like to give just two recent events that have happened as examples of daily occurrences.

The first was Oct. 24, when an 18-wheeler gravel hauler was behind me. I was watching him change lanes as I was stopping at the traffic light on Route 53 and Enterprise Drive. I was driving a small school bus with three students. I heard squealing tires, and then the loud noise of his trailer bouncing and stopping just a few feet from the back of my bus. The students wanted to know what the terrible noise was.

The second was Oct. 25, at the Route 53 and Renwick Road intersection involving a law enforcement vehicle and another 18-wheel gravel hauler.

These are the safety issues that Mr. Wyman says the “Grand High Exalted Poohbahs” are overlooking, making it seem that life has no meaning.

The safety of our citizens and children needs to be addressed. Now. If one fatality should occur, then it’s too late.

Joe Starmann


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