I recently read the Nov. 4 article “Air Force cutting 9,000 civilian positions now, more later.” Apparently, the Air Force is eliminating these jobs to reduce its budget and meet fiscal restraints. On the other hand, the Obama administration is trying to create jobs.

Sorry to be the one to point this out, but there seems to be a serious disconnect here.

The current administration is trying to reduce government expenditures. Its subservient bureaucracies respond by “eliminating civilian positions,” which, in turn, creates more unemployed people.

Apparently the job creators and fiscal enforcers are not talking to each other yet. For the sake of all of us, they had better start soon.

Tech. Sgt. Charles Lacy (retired)

Songtan, South Korea

Broadcasts help DODDS alums

I wanted to publicly commend American Forces Network for supporting and broadcasting the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Super Six Football Championship and the DODDS Basketball Championship. The broadcasting of these events has made the world a smaller place for many of the alumni and family members of students at DODDS schools.

These students go on after graduation and, in some ways, lack the ties to their hometown high school that many of their peers have in the States. The broadcasting of these events has given these alumni a chance to follow their hometown schools.

Many of the alumni have gone on to serve in the nation’s military and are currently serving in harm’s way. While there they get a chance to see their hometown teams battle it out, which gives them a feeling of home. I thank AFN for its commitment to the military families and DODDS.

Steven Jewell

Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany

Kinnick homecoming a hit

A big thank you and job well done to everyone involved with the Nile C. Kinnick High School homecoming parade and football game. The parade went very well, the football team is a group of gutsy athletes, and the KHS Marching Band is fantastic.

Kinnick students, staff and the Yokosuka community are to be commended for such an outstanding job on Friday night. With the background of Tokyo Bay and everything else that KHS and the community provides, there is no better atmosphere in the Far East for a football game. I am already looking forward to the 2012 season.

Chief Petty Officer Scott Lotz

Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan

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