- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2005

A good choice for homeland security

As the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), I am writing in response to the article “ICE employees call leader nominee ‘unqualified’ ” (Nation, Monday).

I believe the statements made by one FLEOA member regarding the nomination of Julie L. Myers do not accurately represent the official position FLEOA has taken on this important nomination.

I do not know Mrs. Myers personally, but I have great faith in the leadership and wisdom previously demonstrated by President Bush and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in selecting qualified nominees for appointed law enforcement positions within our government.


After recent conversations with people who have worked with Mrs. Myers in the past, I believe there is great promise in her nomination.I now know that Mrs. Myers is acutely aware of the issues currently facing ICE, and I believe she possesses the necessary ability to deal with them.

ART GORDON

National president

Federal Law Enforcement Officers

Association

Washington

A supreme nominee?

With regards to “High court politics” (Op-Ed, Wednesday), I think Tony Blankley and others in the conservative movement need to step back and take a deep breath regarding the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Please let go of ideology for a moment and consider not only the current political environment, but the nature of the nominator and nominee.

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