Letters to the Editor

Posted: February 18, 2013

Facing the battles that follow war

The keen insights offered by a retired U.S. Army officer and a Harvard University psychologist ("Unseen wounds," Feb. 10) regarding the trauma endured by the brave young men and women returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should be a strong wake-up call for all Americans.

All of us should face the terrible consequences of soldiers' multiple engagements in these conflicts. Our young warriors are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, only to suffer from depression, drug addiction, and homelessness when they return home. Their trauma tragically has led to unprecedented levels of divorce and suicide - the latter being the cause of more deaths than casualties on the battlefield.

Our nation must address the deadly issues that continually confront the bravest of our young men and women after they leave the battlefield.

Peter C. McVeigh, Oreland, pmcveigh@comcast.net

Don't take N.J. gambling online

Gov. Christie's so-called evenhanded approach to expanding both gambling venues like the Internet and rehabilitative services to problem gamblers makes no sense ("Christie open to I-gaming," Feb. 8).

Since casinos generate some 75 percent of their profits from problem gamblers, they can't survive without these addicts. Their business model is predicated on enticing customers into their establishments and keeping them there until they have gambled away their last dollar.

As long as there are gambling venues, there will be gambling addicts; expanding the opportunities for gaming will only increase the number of problem gamblers. While Christie asserts that the state "cannot carelessly create a new generation of addicted gamers . . . gambling their salaries and futures," this is exactly what he would be doing.

The governor can't have it both ways. Casinos cannot thrive without addicts. An elected official who cares about the well-being of his state's citizens should be working to minimize, if not eliminate, the blight created by gambling in our communities.

Andrea Garson Preis, Casino-Free Philadelphia

Two popes, two right exit moves

Only a profound faith in God and a solid love, trust, and hope in the strength of Roman Catholic institutions can explain the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. It could sound like a paradox, but the respect of the same values made Pope John Paul II decide to stay at the helm of the church until his death. Each man made a free and honest, though different, decision.

Father Richard Malone, Upper Darby

Liking the measure of his mitre

I'm not Catholic, but I admire Pope Benedict for stepping down and not clinging to power when he no longer has the stamina needed for an important job.

Rebecca Craven Greenhow, West Chester, rebeccagreenhow@gmail.com

Nugent's makeover as a patriot

So U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (R., Texas) was "excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent" join him for the State of the Union. Please refresh my memory: When did rocker Nugent serve? In what war did he spill his blood?

Steve Zettler, Philadelphia

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