The analysis titled “Obama presents a ‘new vision of America’s role’ ” was really out of place in the “world” section of your Nov. 21 edition. That whole piece is an opinion — and a poorly written one at that.

There is absolutely nothing from President Barack Obama about some sort of “new vision,” despite the article taking up [all of the available space on the] page [in my edition] — with a third of that space being a picture of the president, as if the article were based on his statements.

Most bothersome is a conspicuous lack of evidence on a number of bold assertions by the authors, such as that voters care more about China’s influence than our continuing war in Afghanistan. Is there even a poll that suggests this?

Come on, Stars and Stripes, servicemembers deserve more than this for news.

Staff Sgt. Roger Alicea

Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan

Harrison still a fab example

On Nov. 29, 2001, the world bid a sad farewell to a second member of the legendary “fab four” — George Harrison, who succumbed to cancer. Although many have labeled Harrison as “the quiet Beatle,” his artistic endeavors spoke in loud volumes.

Harrison is best remembered for his work with The Beatles, recording pop standards such as “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun.” He was one of the first to introduce Indian influences and instruments to Western music. Harrison had a deep “social awareness” side to his music and projects. His song “Taxman” bitterly complained about abusive tax systems, and the toll they take on democratic governments. His Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 raised $243,418.50 for UNICEF to provide relief for the youngsters of refugees caught in the turmoil of political disorder and devastating floods.

After many controversial, turbulent years, Harrison had achieved serenity through profound spiritual pursuits. That tranquility comforted him and his family during his final hours on Earth.

Harrison departed the material world 10 years ago. He left a noticeable void that no one could ever fill. He has meant so much to so many. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” for George Harrison, I have no doubt that he is with God and enjoying everlasting peace and comfort in Nirvana. His legacy and music will definitely live on.

Joshua Di Genio

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea

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