Letters to the Editor, Oct. 15

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‘Give us the goods and we'll deliver’

Allow me first to express my gratitude to American Legion Post 404 of Marco Island for the decision to honor the U.S. Merchant Marine at the 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony to be held on [11 a.m., Nov. 11] at Veterans Community Park.

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As a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, I can attest that the entire maritime community is thankful for this recognition.

Although the U.S. Merchant Marine is not a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, in times of war it can be called upon to deliver military personnel and materials as an auxiliary of the Defense Department. In peacetime it refers to civilian mariners or to civilian and federally owned merchant vessels.

President Wilson in 1919 on the first armistice day stated in his remarks that, “we were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe ...”

The Merchant Marine during WWI upheld the words of their official song “Heave Ho,” “give us the goods and we'll deliver;” that promise continued to be met in future conflicts by the brave men and women who followed in that tradition. The motto of my Alma mater Kings Point is Acta non verba, "deeds not words"; many Merchant Mariners have given the ultimate sacrifice fulfilling it.

I would respectfully request that you make an outreach to Merchant Mariners you know and encourage them to attend this ceremony and be duly recognized.

Timothy J. Dayton, Marco Island

Trump ‘abandoned’ Kurds in Syria

On Sept. 12, 2001, NATO invoked a mutual defense clause in its founding treaty promising that the United States would have the support of the allies if it took military action against those responsible for attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

”If it is determined that this attack was directed from abroad against the United States, it shall be regarded as an action covered by Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.”

Article 5, the cornerstone of the alliance, says “an armed attack” against any of the allies in Europe or North America ”shall be considered an attack against them all.” In the 50-plus years of the NATO Alliance, it is the only time Article 5 has been invoked. And NATO fought with us in Afghanistan.

Last week, the president of the United States abandoned some of our allies, the Kurds, who were the main fighting force on the ground allied with the U.S. to defeat ISIS. They are being slaughtered by the Turkish army as I write this. And ISIS prisoners are escaping because the Kurds cannot fight the Turkish army and control the ISIS prisons at the same time.

I feel pretty confident in saying that if we ever again need the support of our allies, we will be left alone to our own devices. And after the way Trump has treated our allies, I don’t blame them.

Pat Molloy, Marco Island

‘Let us vote’

Here we go again, more meetings organized by the hysterical, political hacks in Washington.

I believe this is being done because they don’t believe it’s possible for them to win the next election, one on one. Guess that is understandable, seeing and hearing the present group of job seekers.

If we the American citizens don’t want the existing president, then let us vote and change things the American way. Stop shoving your interpretations, intuition, guesswork and accusations down our throats. We are paying the bills, even though nothing is being done for American citizens.

Robert Keller, East Naples

Form a third party?

After reading letters to the editor in Southwest Florida and the WSJ, listening to cable news and national news, the acrimony between Democrats and Republicans is relentless and pathetically irreconcilable.

It’s time to form a third party, one that takes good from the left, good from the right, the willingness to listen with respect to the far left and right, then formulate a middle path.

The majority of Americans are in the middle but are being forced to choose one side or the other because there is no central ground.

Sara Jewell, Golden Gate Estates

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