Analysis of political policy should be steeped in fact

Published: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 10:50 p.m.
Judy and Patrick Duff (Voice, Dec. 30) expressed their disappointment regarding Donald Rumsfeld's dismissive and arrogant attitude regarding the troops he oversees. The Duffs stated that "despite their busy schedules, the secretary and president could devote a few moments to remembering each fallen soldier in a more respectful and personal way."
I would like to direct their attention to a front-page story in the Dec. 23 issue of The Sun. Sun staff writer Bob Arndorfer interviewed the parents of Spc. Jeffrey Wershow, a Florida National Guardsman, killed in Iraq. It was reported that, "In letters dated July 17, 2003, President Bush spoke in a more personal tone in offering sympathies to Mattison and Wershow. Bush personally signed both letters."
Furthermore, Arndorfer directly quoted Spc. Jeffrey Wershow's mother, a self-proclaimed Bush opponent, as saying, "That's not to say the president doesn't have this as a template (of a form letter). But at least he has someone on his staff who has the sense of the need for George Bush to personalize it."
Analysis of presidential policies and actions is a healthy exercise for any democracy. However, that analysis should be based on fact, not blind political partisanship.
Simon B. Cantley, Gainesville

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