Letters to the editor: March 15, 2008

Going to hell in a pinko-hued handbasket

This brief letter responds to the March 12 letter by Federal Way resident Pat Gee (“Air Force gave Boeing the shaft”).

I am astounded at Gee’s undying sense of self-righteousness and seemingly endless supply of ink. Honestly, does a month pass without at least three or four vitriolic missives excoriating everyone in the world for not being exactly like the author?

The letter noted above, regarding Boeing’s failure to secure a recent Air Force contract, is par for the course: It makes no sense, is laden with layer upon layer of inaccuracy and lunacy, and seems to prove only that Gee must be heard on something each week.

First of all, much to Gee’s surprise, France is an ally! Despite Karl Rove’s and Dick Cheney’s best efforts to convince the public otherwise, France has been an ally to the United States since the beginning (give or take the War of 1812). Who do you think Ben Franklin was courting for aid during the Revolutionary War? Italy? Spain?

Secondly, Gee’s assertion that the Air Force chose Airbus to take advantage of lower labor costs: Huh? French workers (like their counterparts in Western Europe) enjoy higher wages and better hours than many Americans of similar occupation.

In fact, this disparity is often cited by the Pat Gees of this world as proof that the French are “communists” or otherwise an affront to free society. The whole letter was ridiculous, but par for the course. Maybe it’s just me who finds Gee’s weekly reminder that we are all going to hell in a pinko-hued handbasket a source of amusement, but I should like to think I’m not.

M. Malaier, Federal Way


Son missing for 3 years

This month marks the third year that my son, Brian Roy Barton, has been missing from Federal Way and our lives.

We have made no progress in finding out what happened to our son, brother and friend. I encourage everyone, especially those with adopted children, to get a DNA sample of your child. There are kits available (check the Internet and learn how to obtain one). Keep it in a safe spot.

Our son was adopted and was gone from our home for over five years. We do not have a DNA sample in the national databank because of this. So how will we know if our son is ever found? We have submitted dental records, but if we only had a DNA sample, we would be better off.

Please, please don’t delay on getting your child’s sample. You can find out more about Brian and what he looks like online at http://theyaremissed.org.

Please be our eyes and ears as you live, work and play in the Washington area. Thank you.

Maureen Barton, Vista, Calif.

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