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A page of Medal of Honor heroes contrasts with cowardice toward the Kurds

Here’s what readers had to say in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Medal of Honor recipients Retired Army Maj. Drew Dix, left, and Ret. Army Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell pose for a portrait during the start of the Medal of Honor Convention held at the Tampa Marriott Water Street in Tampa, Florida on Monday, October 21, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Oct. 23

A page of heroes, a cowardly act

The stories of Florida honorees | Oct. 22

This reader was struck by the tragic irony on pages 6A and 7A of Tuesday’s newspaper. One page focused on inspirational stories of Floridians who were awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic service to our nation. By contrast, the facing page had an article on the Trump administration’s cowardly betrayal of our Kurdish allies. A fraction of our several thousand troops in Syria were stationed on the Turkish-Syrian border. Their presence effectively deterred Turkey from attacking. Turkey would never run over the American flag.

After a call with Turkey’s president, President Donald Trump removed those troops. The next day Turkey attacked. They did not send ground troops in but relied on Arab proxy militias, including former al-Qaida and ISIS fighters. Those forces have been recorded committing war crimes. Now it seems Trump is going to leave U.S. troops in eastern Syria to protect its oil. Oil! Our Kurdish allies who provided the boots on the ground to defeat ISIS lost more than 10,000 young men and women fighters in that struggle. This doesn’t mean anything to Trump. However, oil does. American cowardice in stabbing these brave, loyal Kurds in the back is such a stark contrast to the heroism of those Medal of Honor recipients.

Robin Yates, St. Petersburg

Honor the medal winners

Honorees’ selfless service continues | Editorial, Oct. 22

Finally, with your editorial commending the Medal of Honor winners, there is something we agree on!

Fred Hoenniger, Sun City Center

Democrats said ‘lynching’

Mr. President, this is what lynching really is | Editorial, Oct. 23

I generally avoid the editorial page because of its biased views, but the editorial on President Donald Trump’s “lynching” comment forces my response. In 1998, no fewer than five Democrat congressmen, including several black representatives, and even Joe Biden, labeled the Clinton impeachment a “lynching.” I don’t remember seeing any editorials or moral outrage over the use of that expression at that time. If “lynching” is an expression that is racially insensitive, it should be so no matter who employs the term.

William Gallaty, Palm Harbor

A different approach on coast

Rebuild differently | Letter, Oct. 20

Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. [GERALD HERBERT | AP]

I agree that rebuilding differently on Mexico Beach (or other places where hurricanes may be possible) is a necessary consideration. When someone buys or builds a structure in an area prone to flooding in the storms, that person needs to understand what goes along with living in such an area. Continuing to develop or buy real estate is a real problem in all of these areas and needs to be addressed.

Eileen Terrence, Tampa

The wisdom of Reagan

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan

Reagan’s words

As our allies are becoming more distrustful of this administration’s foreign policy, let us recall what Ronald Reagan said in his last speech as president.

“If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.” We feel we are losing.

David and Melinda Galaher, St. Pete Beach

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