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March 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Education in Afghanistan: Congress should do more to help children worldwide

Thank you for Lance Dickie’s excellent column about education in Afghanistan [“An educator’s optimism for Afghanistan,” Opinion, March 27]. I saw impressive figures from the BBC in the last month. It reports that there are currently 10.5 million kids in Afghan schools now, 42 percent of them girls. Where there were just 400 teachers…

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December 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

It is futile to keep fighting in Afghanistan

Focus efforts on reducing national debt instead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, speaks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, center left, during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. NATO foreign ministers met their Russian counterpart on Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, speaks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, center left, during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. NATO foreign ministers met their Russian counterpart on Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Afghanistan.
(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Your editorial couldn’t be more timely and overdue after 12 years of futile fighting and vast expenditures on the part of U.S. taxpayers [“Leave Afghanistan," Opinion, Nov. 29].

Your reasons cited for being against another “10 years of U.S. blood and treasure invested in that country” seem to be lost on our military, as well as on a significant number of congressional leaders.

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0 Comments | More in Afghanistan, Foreign policy | Topics: Afghanistan

September 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Recent military trials of mass murders

Similar cases, different outcomes If a Muslim (Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan) kills 13 adults, he is sentenced to death. [“Fort Hood shooter gets death,” News, Aug. 29.] But if a Christian (Sgt. Robert Bales) kills 16 civilians, some of them children, he is only sentenced to life in prison. [“Afghans decry Bales’ sentence,” page one,...

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0 Comments | More in Afghanistan, crime/justice, Foreign policy, Politics | Topics: Afghanistan, christian, fort hood

August 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Robert Bales faces survivors of his rampage

Justice for victims I am sickened, and ashamed, that we are seeing this murderer trying to get a lesser sentence for the murder of 16 unarmed people, including women and children. [“Bales faces survivors of his Afghan rampage,” page one, Aug. 21.] Looking at his smug face, knowing that there is a tape of him laughing about…

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0 Comments | More in Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Afghanistan, killing, military

June 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Sgt. Robert Bales convicted in deaths of Afghan civilians

Guest column had good points Right on! [“Guest Column: Many share responsibility for civilian deaths, Sgt. Bales,” Opinion, June 15.] Thank goodness he had the courage to point out the obvious: 1. Multiple tours are immoral and 2. Institute the draft and find out how quickly these immoral “wars” would end once our kids were jerked out of…

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0 Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, drone warfare, posts-traumatic stress disorder

June 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Sgt. Robert Bales faces sentencing for Afghan massacre

Corrected version Don’t ignore mental illness Thank you, John Hoon, for your letter [“Walk in his shoes,” Northwest Voices, June 10]. I thought I was the only one out here who had some sympathy for Sgt. Robert Bales.There is no doubt that what he did was despicable, but the fact that the United States kept sending…

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0 Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, massacre, mental illness