Letters to the Editor


To the Editor:

I find it absolutely amazing that President Bush amassed 400 pages of documentation for his limited time in the Air National Guard ("On Guard -- or AWOL?" February 19th issue). I performed my duties for 20 years and did not amass 150 pages, including my 20 annual physicals.

Lt. Bush should never have been allowed to perform duty after April 1972, when he refused to take a physical. This was a failure to obey orders, punishable under the UCMJ. Why did Bush's superiors ignore the prescribed actions when a pilot refuses to take a physical?

All the pilots I have ever known worked diligently to remain "qualified" and perform their duty. Those rare individuals who did not were met with flying evaluation boards, suspension, and discharge. All the smoke and mirrors and documentation do not erase the fact that Bush failed to get his physical and thus should not have been allowed to perform duty. The fact that he did (according to his "newly released documents") does not mean that it was valid duty. No physical means not qualified!

Myra Kinderknecht, USAF (retired)

San Diego, California

To the Editor:

There is a small but significant inaccuracy in Jackson Baker's otherwise excellent article on President Bush's record with the National Guard. Baker writes: "[John] Calhoun [an Atlanta businessman] created ... a sensation ... when he came forward at the apparent prompting of the administration to claim that he did in fact remember Lt. Bush [being in Alabama]."

The veracity of Calhoun's story can be partially gauged by the White House's reaction to it. Not only, it appears, did the White House not prompt Calhoun to come forward, it has carefully distanced itself from him. Calhoun complained to the Associated Press that he had written and e-mailed the White House in 2000 and this year with his story and never got a response. More telling is press secretary Scott McClellan's response at a February 13th White House press conference to a reporter's question regarding Calhoun's story:

Question: "John Calhoun claims he was the person making sure that President Bush reported for duty, saying that he saw the president several times on the base between May and October of 1972."

McClellan's answer: "I don't speak for him. You would have to talk to Mr. Calhoun. I do not know him. ... Like I've said, the president doesn't recall the specific dates on which he performed his duties."

"Specific dates" may be one thing, but a failure to remember where you were for six months out of your life probably in and of itself disqualifies you for the presidency. It is obvious that the administration knows that the Calhoun story is not true.

Clary Lunsford


To the Editor:

In light of all the lies and deceit surrounding the president's military service, all I can say is, "C'mon, George! Get smart!" According to Joe Conason's article "War Stories" (February 12th issue), Bush lied to the American public in his autobiography about his stint in the National Guard.

The smart move at this point would be for him to commit perjury and face impeachment. He could then finish out his term virtually unscathed and tour around the country perpetuating the myth that he was one of this country's greatest presidents. I bet Laura could even win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Tommy Hardin


Stage Presence

To the Editor:

I want to thank Chris Davis and the Flyer for the article "Seeing Red," (Steppin Out, February 19th issue) I had an ill feeling after reading it, because it made my father look like an extremely wretched person.

He's not.

I love my father very much, and while we have gone our own ways, we have a respect for one another. My father has been through a lot, and my intention in mentioning him in the interview was to say that, through our distance, I gained a lot.

I learned how to be independent through his own independence, and through the distance he gave me, I began to "follow my heart."

Morgan Jon Fox


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