[The writer of] "The influence of AFN news" (letter, Nov. 4), would like American Forces Network to censor its content.

I always find it odd that such free thinkers feel the need for so much control. The writer stated that AFN Power Network leans right, that’s if you consider National Public Radio’s "Fresh Air" and Ed Shultz moderate. Not to mention the time given for commentary by other mainstream media talking heads.

The writer also implies that AFN should not use ratings to justify its scheduling. AFN has to use some measure to decide its scheduling, and since we are Americans and the U.S. radio ratings look at a cross section of the American populace, it would make sense to use them.

Concerning attacks on the commander in chief, what rock was the writer under during the last eight years? Not to mention attacks on the U.S. military in general.

This whining reminds me of someone watching a ballgame and noticing all the bad calls against their team.

Finally, we are not slaves to AFN, there are plenty of options — satellite, cable, Internet streaming, Slingbox and, of course, the off button.

I think the president’s speeches are on YouTube, by the way. Check it out.

Col. Julio GonzalesStuttgart, Germany

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