tpeacock 3 days, 11 hours ago on Letter - Muslims — friends or enemies?

Collateral Damage:

The killing of civilians in a military attack.

Any damage incidental to an activity.

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tpeacock 3 days, 12 hours ago on Letter - Muslims — friends or enemies?

To be quite honest, I would like collateral damage to be nowhere at all. While I feel for those who have lost loved ones, if your an adult, and you choose to go to regions of conflict for whatever reason, you have to accept the dangers that come with those decisions. It's been made very clear that we, the USA, will not negotiate with terrorists, plain and simple. As much as I like helping people, and standing up for those that need support the most, I would never place myself in a position of danger w/o being fully prepared to accept any and all conditions that my actions were to bring on to me. I've said since the 80's, the only way I would go to the Middle East (and now many other regions) is with a uniform on, a weapon in my hand, and many fellow uniformed 'friends' at my side.

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tpeacock 1 week, 1 day ago on Letter - Muslims — friends or enemies?

The troops that should never been there in the first place? It's been circulated widely why we won't put ground troops into action over there, and tactically it's a no-brainer. I hate to even ask but what was your job when you served? I was Infantry for 20 years and we learned that having a viable engagement plan was key to success on the battlefield. That's kind of difficult to do with the way things are over there, and we don't believe in actions that cause considerable collateral damage. That's how ISIL, Al Qaeda and the like manage there fighting, they don't care who dies as long as it's not them, or darned few of them.

Some of you go on and on like war is such an easy event to manage. Much easier to carry on about the Pres. golfing (Bush and others have done their fair share at times some felt they should've been tending to business), but it's wrong only if the seated Pres. isn't from your team. Fatherof5, though from the other team, obviously comes from the same stripe, always quick to start the partisan rock throwing. When we van get past this ridiculous party line nonsense and work on things as one America, realizing it's okay to have different views, but that we are all on the same team, a lot of this childish bickering might just go away.

I will never affiliate with any party because none has all the answers, many from the various parties are a few bubbles off plumb, and I personally want the best for the Team; the I am an American Team. I sure won't waste a minute of sleep or one typed word caring for a sitting President's sports ventures. If they aren't doing their job according to the rules, they're dealt with. For the past 20-30 years it's become more of a point for the opposite party to find every little trivial thing they can about said President's every little move to be closely scrutinized and condemned. What a waste of anyone's time and energy. It's like complaining about the way your spouse breathes, or holds their coffee cup .

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tpeacock 1 week, 2 days ago on Letter - Is sun in drivers’ eyes an excuse?

The guy that hit her! Check out the RCW's, a bicyclist has the exact same rights as if they were in a car.

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tpeacock 1 week, 2 days ago on Letter - Is sun in drivers’ eyes an excuse?

Uh, let's see, are you kidding? This adds the exclamation point to my beef with drivers today; they forget the laws as soon as they get their licenses.

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tpeacock 1 week, 2 days ago on Letter - Is sun in drivers’ eyes an excuse?

I guess staying behind a bicycle isn't an option? I ride myself, a motorcycle, and ride/drive into to the sun many times throughout the year, I know it makes it harder to see than w/o sun, but you make the necessary adjustments, immediately, and with safety at the forefront of thought so things like this don't happen.

Or you don't, and we comment on the sad reality that ensues. Or blame it on street designs, inanimate objects, dust in our eyes, etc. Anything but taking personal responsibility, that's just going too far.

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tpeacock 1 week, 2 days ago on Letter - Lower speed limit on heavily traveled highway

Your point goes against everything that driving should be about in areas such as the W2 to MF corridor. It's about getting from point a to point b in a safe manner, following all laws in a manageable time frame. Of course it's obvious this is asking too much these days, it seems people pick and chose what laws they wish to observe and those they wish to ignore as inconvenient to their pursuits. Therein lies he problem; when behind the wheel you have one job, one mission, to get from point a to b. Not talk or text, not having your 4 legged child bouncing around in your lap, nothing but drive your car.

If you are unable to drive from point to point safely due to any distractions, or as your letter eludes to that driving involves too many actions/processes to be a safe driver when navigating the streets and highways, then perhaps it may be time to park and find an alternate way to travel. For most of us who are able to drive and pay attention, navigating the roads safely, and at the current speed limits, it's pretentious at best to call for changes that would hinder our ability to get from point to point safely and in a desired time frame. There are so many back street ways to get to any point between W2 and MF, take those and leave the high speed thoroughfares to those who can manage them.

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tpeacock 1 week, 2 days ago on Letter - We must listen to our veterans

This makes no sense. Veterans are receiving fine care, and FREE care. I've gone to the VA since shortly after I got out of Active service in '77. I used the Walla Walla VA until moving to the Spokane area in 2001. I now use the VA here, and it seems odd that, because two or three out of tens of thousands vets here in Spokane have a beef with the hospital there's all these problems. It was mostly the Phoenix VA that had the problems, some of lesser merits were discovered at a couple of other VA's.

Today's vet has more than enough what with the shaking of hands and thanking for service rendered, everyone hailed as a hero, etc. Talk about creating an entitlement society! After I left Active Duty I joined the reserves and served another 16 years, I served with a lot of good people, we did our job, got paid quite well for it (despite what some may say these days) and as the movie name states, 'We were Soldiers'. Nor warriors, not heroes, we were Americans doing a job just like so many others do every day to keep America going. There were quite a few I served with, much like society itself, that were dishonest, despicable, undesirous individuals. I think about them whenever I see or hear this undying praise people want to push onto anyone that ever wore a uniform and shake my head knowing those are the ones lapping up this unwarranted praise and doling out of support. I am but one of many that feel this way, except I'm much more vocal about it.

The VA system, as referenced by the article regarding the Choice cards is a clear example of how good the system is to vets. It also addresses the notion that the requirements are too hard to understand. From Basic Training through the entirety of a soldier's career we're taught to think on our feet, as it's a fairly critical aspect of surviving combat, yet we're not supposed to be able to understand clear instructions? Try Army Regulations for an example of how difficult some readings can be. I got my card, read the requirement's, and figured if nothing else there was a number to call if I had questions.

I'd be embarrassed to say I couldn't figure out something so simple.

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tpeacock 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Letter - Obama is still blaming Bush

Except, my take is one of a dual bias, and had nothing to do with singling out any POTUS past and/or present. It's quite apparent any apparent agreement you perceive we have has been severely limited by your post Steve, which truly is a resounding statement echoing the sad state of affairs affecting our Country more so than some guy sitting on a throne in the White House, or behind a news desk.

While I haven't had a lot of agreement with many of your letters, I have respected your writing abilities and the knowledge you exhibit through your Letters, and have no qualms saying so. However, to squander an opportunity to send kudos your way by slanting an obviously neutral comment of yours and putting any bias of my own to said comment would be an obvious insult, and is not how I conduct myself.

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