Charlie Brown-- Tahoe Daily Tribune
Charlie Brown--Grass Valley Union
Monday, July 30, 2007
Air Force Times
There is a long and unfortunate history of ill-conceived decisions made in Washington, D.C., that have negatively affected the military. But a new one, having to do with the contentious Air Force selection of a new rescue helicopter, has the potential to put every member of the military at greater risk and limit the ability of the military to respond to civil emergencies. Called CSAR-X, this program intends to replace the fleet of aging HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters. This is a program that is desperately needed, but it has led to another flawed decision.
Growing up working on farms in Iowa, and throughout my 26-year military career, I learned that leaders are defined by what we do and how we do it. We are honor bound to set an example for others, advance the priorities of those who depend on us, and to understand that partisan rhetoric is no substitute for sound judgment and real results.
Tahoe Daily Tribune, The Union , Auburn Journal
Beneath the troubling revelations about the deplorable state of affairs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center lies something even uglier: a pattern of chronic neglect of veterans and their families by Washington politicians who will stand in front of any group of soldiers during an election year, but will stand behind none of them when it counts the most.
Empty rhetoric like “Stay the Course” and “We’ll fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here,” does not by itself equal a substantive or coherent national security strategy—and it won’t protect our homeland from another attack by an enemy that is determined to kill Americans.
As a career Air Force officer, I've always believed that national security must be our first priority. When Congress meets for only 97 days a year during a time of war and spends more time discussing gay marriage and flag burning than America's national security policy, it's clear our current elected leaders don't agree.
While John Doolittle has voted to cut spending on everything from childcare subsidies for families to benefits for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, he has been tireless in his efforts to increase pay and benefits for lawmakers.
In recent weeks, the corruption scandal surrounding Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff has intensified dramatically. Most recently, former House Republican leader Tom DeLay resigned from Congress, and his Ex-Deputy Chief of Staff, Tony Rudy, pled guilty to conspiring with Abramoff to corrupt public official
Sacramento News & Review
The true measure of leadership is performance--not rhetoric. No one knows better than our veterans, our military and the families who are anxiously awaiting the return of loved ones from Iraq.
The Union (Grass Valley)
Recently on a cool, overcast Saturday morning, veterans from around California representing all branches of military service, gathered at the State Capital building to send a united message to our government leaders: leave no veteran behind. After fighting to protect the citizens of this nation, we are realizing we still need to fight. This time the fight is about protecting benefits that were promised to us when we entered service to our country.