ON YOUR MIND

Reader thankful for young Americans

I was immensely honored at the Shreveport airport just before I went through security recently. I was tightly focused on “me” when a young man approached, confirmed I was a veteran, snapped to attention, confidently stuck out his hand to shake, and thanked me for my service. I usually don’t think well on my feet, but I thanked him and told him, “Your words mean more to me than I can express.” He told me he was on his way to boot camp — United States Marine Corps. I told him, “When I was your age I was not man enough to be a Marine.” I thanked him for volunteering to serve our country and told him, “Be safe. Be effective.” With that he turned and departed.

Then I continued on to the gate and took a seat. For the next ten minutes I tried to not cry out loud as I prayed for his safety and thanked God for such young Americans. God Bless America, and may God particularly bless a few of her sons and daughters. — JOHN HOLDREN, OAKWOOD

Reader’s concerns about nuke pact

Recent news about world powers’ negotiations with Iran to stop the development of nuclear weapons underscores the importance of abiding by agreements and the rule of law.

A report recently released under the Freedom of Information Act, “Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” shows the United States does not abide by its own laws because the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 have been violated many times. That report shows laws have been violated because military assistance has been given to a country, Israel, which did not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Let me close with a quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. It is very important in a republic that the people should respect the laws, for if we throw them to the winds, what becomes of civil government?” — TIM L. LINGG JR., WASHINGTON TWP.

Thoughts about military vehicles

Re “Fleeing Iraqis abandon U.S.-supplied vehicles,” May 20: President Obama ordered the cessation of supplying used military vehicles to America’s police departments. Properly utilized, these vehicles could save officers lives. Otherwise, the vehicles would be scrapped or rust away in junk yards.

Now consider what’s occurring in Iraq. Islamic State barbarians have captured hundreds of U.S. manufactured, modern, very lethal weapons including tanks, armored vehicles etc., using them to kill thousands of innocent human beings, possibly U.S. troops at some future point. The cause? Obama’s order to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq. How ironic. — THOMAS SUBLER, VERSAILLES

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