Letters to the Editor

Postwar trauma; Ben Carson; Social Security; Greene and voters

Allied troops about to land on Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944
Allied troops about to land on Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944 AP

Postwar trauma

Thank you for Tim Madigan’s Wednesday essay about World War II-related trauma (“For World War II veterans, trauma lasted decades after war ended.”)

Though post-traumatic stress is more closely identified with Vietnam service, veterans of every war can carry emotional scars.

Especially on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, I miss my friend Rick Ganley, shot down over Laos in 1969. His crew’s remains were finally found in 1999.

And I remember having to identify the bodies of our fallen at the morgue at Tân Sơn Nhut Air Base near Saigon before they were shipped home.

And I remember the terror of rocket attacks at Bien Hoa Air Base and the sapper attack on Núi Bà Đen Mountain where Sgt. Collins died.

And more personal things that are still the stuff of dreams.

God bless all our service members, especially those of World War II.

I wish the Greatest Generation had talked to us more about what war is really like.

The medals we wear for bravery (my Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation) were earned in chaos and anger and fear and not in the John Wayne movies (he never served) where war appears to be somehow noble and triumphant.

War is only death, loss and survival, often of the lucky rather than the brave.

Madigan’s essay describes the realities and results of wartime service and gives us all more reason to honor those who have served.

Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine

Ben Carson

Ben Carson is the best choice for president.

He knows how to rise to the top without the help of welfare checks. He will be an excellent leader for Americans “on the bottom” economically. I don’t think he will do this with a dole that helps little and continues to inflate the national debt.

I’m glad he is from a minority. We read every day that racial tension is a big problem in the U.S.

Carson’s quiet competence will result in excellent decisions and policy for all Americans and hopefully get us beyond our groundless prejudices.

Janet Crowell, Fort Worth


Ben Carson makes me think that I myself should run for president because there are things in my background that I just “forgot” because I’m so modest.

Like when I led 126 men during the raid on Macho Grande, where we routed 52,000 enemy troops and carried out 435 POWs on our backs.

Or like when we took all the grain out of the pyramids and gave it to the starving masses. Then there were my lunches with the Pope when he wanted to make me a saint.

So I guessthis stuff I tend to forget would make me a good president. But it would be rude for people to ask questions about any of this. It is, after all, way back in the past!

Joe Thompson, Fort Worth

Social Security

The Republican presidential candidates have discussed the IOUs in the Social Security Fund instead of the money that should be in this dedicated account.

Why not take all the IOUs and demand payment from the borrowers? Such as the $23 million that was taken from the fund to build a road to nowhere in Alaska.

Why not have Alaska pay the money, plus interest, back to the fund? If this is done with all the IOUs, the fund should be solvent.

Glenda Patrick, Benbrook

Greene and voters

Columnist Richard Greene has written about the unpredictability (incompetence) of American voters. I have to agree with that assessment.

Too many people vote with too little, or inaccurate, information, mainly due to poor news sources, or they don’t bother to vote at all.

No greater proof of this exists than the election and re-election of Ronald Reagan and the later appointment of George W. Bush by the Supreme Court and his subsequent election in 2004.

K.D. Boyd, Granbury