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Letters to the editor

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:38 am

Lindh lost 'rights'

The article appearing on Aug. 27 regarding John Walker Lindh, who is suing the federal government because his religious rights are being violated, absolutely incensed me. Lindh wants more time out of his cell to pray because of the close proximity of his toilet when he kneels, and he also wants to have group prayer rights.

He supported terrorists that fought against the actions of the Marines and soldiers of the United States of America and he feels he deserves rights? (He was convicted of 10 charges relating to murder and giving services and support to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and these charges were dropped to two charges for a plea agreement where he is serving 20 years without parole.)

How about the rights of the thousands lost on 9/11, or the thousands of young men and women who sacrificed their lives for the very freedoms we have today. How about the rights of Johnny Spann, the CIA agent killed in the battle in which Lindh was captured, or the Red Cross workers who were murdered trying to provide aid to the injured detainees, including Lindh.

Lindh gave up those rights when he chose to support the Taliban and al-Qaeda. He should have been tried and hung for treason.

As the mother of two Marines who both served in Iraq and the sister-in-law of one Marine who also served in Iraq, let’s hope the federal judge denies his charges and sends him back to kneel in his cell where he belongs.

Leslie Wilson

Firefighters say thanks

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 124 want to thank everyone who donated during our recent Fill the Boot Campaign to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

This was a very successful year for our firefighters collecting $81,021.30 in our three-day Fill the Boot Campaign. This donated money will go toward finding treatments and cures for the 43 neuromuscular diseases MDA covers. We are proud to serve a caring and giving community and want you to know how much we appreciate your support and donations both for our firefighters and for MDA.

Capt. Randy Zion, IAFF Local 124, MDA committee chairman