A lightning strike
Watching al-Qaida chief’s “pattern of life” key to his death | Aug. 3
The elimination of the No. 1 terrorist in the world is a tribute to the will of this government to eradicate terrorism. When President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, he acknowledged he would take political heat. Yes, the withdrawal was a mess, and the usual Biden critics said we would lose all capability to acquire intelligence in the country. To address these charges, the president talked about modern military technology providing “over the horizon” capabilities. That means we could strike accurately from great distances on specific targets — which is exactly what happened with Ayman al-Zawahri. After seeing their No. 1 blown up on his balcony by what may as well have been a lightning strike, how can the remaining al-Qaida terrorists not be frightened by the capabilities of the United States? The Biden haters are going to be just that, no matter what he does. This makes us all safer.
Jeff Cutting, Brandon
More than that
Republicans have a huge women problem | Column, Aug. 2
Columnist S.E. Cupp is right in saying that Republicans have a huge women problem, but that is only part of it. I believe the truth is that many Republicans have a democracy problem in that too many of them no longer seem to want one.
Ralph Madison, St. Petersburg
Why teachers teach
Science teachers need a higher pay scale | Letter, July 31
A letter questions why teachers educated in STEM majors teach at low salaries when high-paying engineering positions are theirs for the asking. My brother graduated with a chemical engineering degree in 1983 and ended up selling chemical equipment. He made plenty of money but wasn’t happy. He told our mother he enjoyed sharing knowledge more (he was tutoring science majors at a local junior college when he was still in high school). He turned back to his first love and got his education degree. Teachers do not go into the profession to make big bucks. They already know teachers are underpaid. They go into the teaching profession because they love to share what they have learned and enjoy it when students have that “aha” moment. My brother taught AP classes in science, physics, chemistry and calculus for 27 years in the Los Angeles school district and won many awards. He taught because he loved to share knowledge, not to become wealthy. To him money was secondary to educating the young.
Harriet E. Browder, Clearwater