Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

“Vent” Article

Yes, I did have a letter printed in the Feb 19 issue of the Intelligencer, in the “Vent” column. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a chance for those of us with no writing ability or brains to make it obvious in the local paper. They say they reserve the right to edit or condense, and boy do they mean it. Here are the articles as sent, and as printed:

As Sent As Printed
To the reader who suggested someone who should do their homework regarding President Bush’s Air National Guard record; that is sound advice. Yes, General William Turnipseed is now sadly in the beginning stages of Alzheimers. He made his statement regarding President Bush four years ago, though. How long do the beginning stages last? I would trust his statements of four years ago more than I would those he makes now. The “numerous” others that claim to have seen Bush in Alabama amount to just one, John B. Calhoun. You may have noticed that the administration has not picked up on this. Unfortunately his claims include seein Bush months before he was actually transferred to Alabama. Oops. It sounds as though he should have done his homework before concocting his story. The statement that “records may have been destroyed” is not simply slander, they are the testimony of Bill L. Burkett LTC (Ret.) who served in the record department at the time.

Even the records provided by the administration show a nine-month gap in payments to Bush. Where was he? How long does someone need to be absent to be considered AWOL? If details of his military service are lost, the issue could be addressed by the release of his IRS records during that period, something the president has refused to do. How can a very expensively trained pilot just “decide” to not fly for the final two years of his service? I’m sure many current pilots would like to have that option. Why did then Lt. Bush fail to take his medical exam in 1972 (coincidentally, I’m sure, the same year mandatory drug testing was implemented by the military) which disqualified him from flying?

Your letter sounds like an irresponsible expression of wishful thinking to me.

To the reader who suggested someone who should do their homework regarding President Bush’s Air National Guard record; that is sound advice. Yes, General William Turnipseed is now sadly in the beginning stages of Alzheimers. He made his statement regarding President Bushfour years ago, though. I would trust his statements of four years ago more than I would those he makes now. The “numerous” others that claim to have seen Bush in Alabama amount to just one, John B. Calhoun. Unfortunately his claims include seeing Bush months before he was actually transferred to Alabama. Oops. The statement that “records may have been destroyed” is not simply slander, they are the testimony of retired Lt. Col Bill L. Burkett who served in the record department at the time. Even the records provided by the administration show a nine-month gap in payments to Bush.

The reference to “irresponsible expression of wishful thinking” is a quote from the original vent, to which I was replying.

Oh well, maybe they just made me seem less of a flaming lunatic.

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