Keep election focus on issues

Published 12:04 pm Monday, October 15, 2012

I strongly believe in freedom of speech and normally shrug off printed opinions I disagree with. However, the recent letter to the editor about President Obama appealing only to the “fringe” and questioning the allegiance to the U.S. of anyone who supports him will be an exception.

I am a retired Navy intelligence officer, flew on combat missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, have a master’s degree in National Security Affairs, have briefed the director of the CIA, was part of the planning team for the 1986 retaliatory airstrikes on Libya and had the honor of meeting an in-office president (a Republican.) I plan to vote for President Obama and a primary reason is that I have more confidence in his ability to handle foreign policy than I do in his opponent’s. I am angry that someone would question my loyalty for doing so. However, I would also be angry if someone questioned Gov. Romney’s loyalty or that of his supporters. Let’s get, and keep, this campaign focused on the issues, not reckless accusations.


Mike Miller

Albert Lea