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In regard to “Karaoke night, other amusements take a back seat at Kandahar” (Oct. 30), I believe it would be a mistake to close any fast food or Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, regardless of the impression these facilities give to outsiders or the few soldiers at remote bases.

Soldiers serving at remote sites who are resentful today will eventually return to, or pass through, Kandahar, and when they do, they will want a good cup of coffee or a combo meal to get a taste of something other than the rations they had to live on at their remote sites. When they do, they will be glad it’s available at Kandahar.

Maybe some activities could be dialed down a bit, like karaoke night, or hip-hop/country nights, but they should not be eliminated.

Our soldiers are under a lot of stress and they deserve to be afforded the opportunity to decompress and relax before they return to their base or go on their next patrol. Senior leadership should think this through thoroughly before they take something away from our troops.

John ChallWarren, Mich.

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