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Western Growers

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance

Irvine, Calif.

Innocent of treason

The editorial “The genocide-ocrats?” echoing Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman reprimands Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for aiding and abetting the enemy in Iraq (Monday). Hertreasonable act? Raising questions, in her role as member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about how and when the Pentagon plans to withdraw U.S. troops.

The criticism is wholly out of proportion to the statement that prompted it, but that’s not surprising. Since the invasion of Iraq, anyone who has dared criticize the war effort has been branded un-American by the Bush administration, its allies in the Pentagon and the conservative media.

How would you prefer senators, representatives or ordinary citizens express their discontent over how the war has been waged or their impatience with the progress of the end game?

Or is silence the only acceptable option?


Charlottesville, Va.

They protest too much

Ken Boehm (“Weird Science,” Op-Ed, Tuesday) references the recent congressional testimony of Dr. Richard Carmona, in which the former surgeon general lambasted government officials for reportedly “ignoring science or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds.” Apparently in defense of his own four-year record of less-than-memorable accomplishments, Dr. Carmona protested that surgeon generals now have to “fight to scientifically address the contemporary health issues of the nation and the world within an increasingly partisan, ideologically and/or theologically driven political agenda that is often devoid of open discussions of scientific evidence or data.”

Yet this argument blaming evangelical ignoramuses for thwarting the rightful rule of the scientific elite fails on several grounds.

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