EDITOR: My first reaction to Honora Russell's letter (“Irrelevant questions,” Thursday) was anger. And because I read the paper daily, there is no doubt that almost every letter about the Andy Lopez shooting agrees with what she says. Not all of us agree with Russell.
We who have to hear and read about the shooting almost every day deserve to have all of the answers, even if they're irrelevant to some. The questions we have aren't about what happened; they're about why it happened in the first place. To find out why, questions about Andy's schooling, behavior and parents' citizenship are completely relevant.
EDITOR: I stand to correct Dennis Tobin (“Jaded accolades,” Letters, Tuesday). Armistice Day is not what Veterans Day is supposed to be. And heroes are not always praised. Veterans Day is a day to honor the men and women, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers who leave their loved ones and postpone their lives to protect us all.
Please tell the 90-year-old merchant marine (“Survivors on the seas,” Monday) the hangnail joke. I guess that's what it was. Or tell it to all the nurses, doctors and combat medics who put themselves in harm's way to save lives, the clergy who risk their lives to save a soul and the combat engineers, the Red cross workers, the police officers and firefighters. Tell them and the families who hope they come home that they deserve no recognition. Recognize that they are all heroes. Please just give it a try.
Jobless and forgotten
EDITOR: Paul Krugman's Nov. 10 column (“True cost of our economic self-mutilation”) should be required reading for anyone concerned about poverty and unemployment in our country. He does a great job of explaining how our government has followed a policy of reducing employment opportunities in the name of deficit reduction.