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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Big Bird or Big Navy?

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During the last presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., President Obama attempted to ridicule and diminish Mitt Romney ("Obama, horses and bayonets," Comment & Analysis, Wednesday). The president's snide remarks comparing the use of modern naval vessels with horses and bayonets was right out of the playbook of the late radical Saul Alinsky.

It should be remembered that Alinsky was a prominent communist and a hero of our current president. With regard to the size of the Navy, if we were not spread so thin, perhaps one of our smaller ships with a Marine contingent on board and armed with bayonets could have rescued our brave Americans in Benghazi. We know the president loves the ships that airplanes land on, and the ones that go underwater, but in this age of terrorism, we will require a large variety of naval assets in robust numbers.

On Nov. 6 we will have a chance to decide which is more important: Big Bird or Big Navy.

GEORGE SCHONHOLTZ

Boca Raton, Fla.

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