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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A sickening lack of patriotism

- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2013

I joined the U.S. Navy two months after my high school graduation. I had been accepted into every college to which I applied. I chose to enter military service because I felt like I owed something to my country.

I had always believed in our form of government. I served proudly for 91/2 years, until I developed a medical disability. Since that time I have worked mostly in defense-related industries. Until recently, I have disagreed with but never doubted our elected leaders. Now, with our military having to limit its missions, ships missing needed maintenance, the threat of furloughs for civilian defense workers and the fact that Congress chooses vacation over necessary action, I am literally sick to my stomach over the complete lack of leadership and patriotism.

Before any funds are cut from defense or social program budgets, all pay and allowances for Congress members, Cabinet members and senior bureaucrats should be revoked owing to these individuals' failure to perform the jobs to which they were elected or appointed.

RANDY LONG

Norfolk, Va.

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