A shrill condemnation

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 10:26 p.m.
I was somewhat puzzled and taken aback by Major Argy L. Hager's (Voice, Jan. 21) shrill condemnation of the system, and obliquely, his country, over the nomination of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court. Especially after parading his medals and service around as if that in itself made his castigation and opinions more valid!
I sat before my television and watched the entire process, and the only "radicals" I saw were those desperate Democrats sitting on that committee who could find absolutely nothing in Judge Alito's thousands of opinions on the court of appeals to attack. So they did what desperate liberal Democrats do in a bind: they attacked him personally!
Now there's something deserving of a medal. They made themselves look absolutely pathetic.
I had no problem following his judicial logic, and he certainly did not seem to refuse to answer any more questions than his liberal predecessors on the court.
I served my country for 30 years, but I would never use the singular fact of that service to reinforce my opinion nor to add to any cogent argument I wanted to put forward. I suggest Hager keep his medals on the wall and out of his arguments.
It is such a shame this country has come to this deep division where we have so little in common, such low regard for each other, for opposing opinions and especially where there is so much disrespect for qualified people like Judge Alito who want to serve our country just because he "appears" right of center.
We might want to wait until Judge Alito hands down an opinion on the Supreme Court, which he will do, before categorizing him as this or that and declaring that the civilized world has come to an end.
Joseph Messer, Alachua

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