Letters to the Editor

'Avoidable deaths'

Bob Novak of Coarsegold points out in his letter [Jan. 16] that more people are killed in California in one year than American soldiers in Iraq in four years. He doesn't say what his point is exactly, but he does call the attention drawn to the 3,000 American military men and women who died in Iraq "a lot of hype."

Does he mean that it is undue or unnecessary attention? Does he mean that 3,000 isn't so bad because more have died here? Let's give Mr. Novak the benefit of the doubt and say that he is encouraging us to reduce or eliminate avoidable deaths here and there both.

Let's get our troops out of Iraq before another American dies for a lie. Then let's see what we can do about the murder rate here in California.

Jack Chavoor