Letters to the Editor

'Despicable' comments

Sen. John Kerry's comments are despicable. They offended and hurt me (recent military retiree, bachelor's degree in computer science and master's degree in business administration); my wife, who is still on active duty (M.D.); and thousands of enlisted and officers with advanced degrees and training in countless skills from engineering to medical science.

For him to say that, as a veteran, he would never insult the military is a joke. He already has. Remember his testimony before the Senate during the Vietnam War, where he accused the military of "killing, ravaging villages in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Khan"? He does, indeed, owe every active duty man and woman, and all veterans, a deep-felt apology.

Political pundits who try to make comparisons between Rush Limbaugh, Michael J. Fox and Sen. Kerry miss one important difference: Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Fox are entertainers, whereas Sen. Kerry is a U.S. senator who has taken an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. I'm sure he will do what he always does -- muddy the waters, obfuscate the facts, spin his comments, blame the president, give a half-hearted apology and rely on the press to cover his tracks.

David Atencio

Commander USN (Ret.)