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Normally I don’t write in and sound off on anything — ever. However, recently a letter writer had to pick on a political cartoon (“Cartoon offensive, and wrong,” Sept. 22). I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am American. I believe in the value of common sense and common ground. I also believe in laughing at one’s self. The letter writer seems to have forgotten that.

Most people who are offended by political cartoons are so offended because the statement is true about them. I don’t believe the artist’s intent was to paint all nonmoderate Republicans as nuts. I believe he is saying that both parties are that way, as the cartoon could easily have depicted our commander in chief. If you look at the struggles our government has had recently, it is fair to say that both parties have fringe nut-jobs in power who are so unwilling to come together on anything for a common good that this joke has to be made now. So let’s laugh and enjoy it.

Spc. Matthew E. Haag

Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq

Stripes story read like People

Having just read the rules for submission of a letter to editor to Stars and Stripes, I must admit that what I am going to write borders on a complaint rather than an opinion, so consider it an “opinion complaint.”

The Sept. 20 article “Navy’s command sponsorship policy can strain marriages” is the worst allocation of print space I have ever seen in a newspaper. The couple has the right, albeit one that is “discouraged” by the Navy (read: not prohibited), to live together as husband and wife on the Japanese economy. Combat-deployed soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines do not enjoy the same right. If the couple gets divorced, is Stars and Stripes going to run a full-page story as well?

If I wanted to read about lovestruck, teenage whiners, I would subscribe to People magazine.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher B. Whalen

Kandahar, Afghanistan

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