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ANDER CRENSHAW AND THE BIG MILITARY MACHINE

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Out of the Shadows
Every two years, Ander Crenshaw comes out of the shadows and announces that he wants to be re-elected. He always uses the same, so far successful technique: He proclaims his proficiency at bringing money home from Washington for the Navy bases. Ander doesn’t care that the armed forces are over-sized and used to obtrude into countries around the world. Ander has a personal interest in keeping the armed forces over-sized, so Ander can obtain and bring home as much money as possible, and thus gain the favor of voters.

After the people who have always voted for him robotically vote for him again, Ander will go back into the shadows and, presuming he wins again, will selectively respond to voting blocs, as he always does, and he ignore individuals who seek his assistance, as he always will does.

There are two faults with Ander. The actual needs of the military are not his motivation. It doesn’t matter to Ander that the military is mobilized for world war, and there is no danger of world war. The waste of money and manpower is part of what he needs to bring home that vote-buying money.

The second fault is his disregard for the individual voter. If you are connected, in some way, to a voting bloc, such as the American Legion, the NRA, or the League of Women Voters, you may get a letter from him as a member of that group. But if you seek his help for a personal matter, one that only he can assist you with, you will not hear from Ander Crenshaw.

This is not an endorsement of a Democrat, but a Democrat may not be Ander’s sole opponent in the November election. There may be an independent candidate, someone you can vote for, as there was on the 2012 ballot.

There is also the valid argument that no man should hold an office for life. Any one person who will build up a personal empire in Washington poorly serves the public.

Dan Althoff

Less Than a Person

It is easy for the government to trample on the rights of the mentally ill because the illness allows the individual to be labeled as something less than a person [Cover Story, “The Last Days of Daniel Linsinbigler,” Susan Cooper Eastman, July 2]. No one deserves to die this way. My deepest sympathies go out to the family, with the hope that the ones responsible for this act are brought to justice.

Brad Gibson, via Facebook

The Issue of Balance
I read your piece and thought it was well done [Editor’s Note, “Just a Zoning Issue,” Jeffrey C. Billman, July 16]. One note/correction, however, is that there are not scores of homeless veterans already living in the Springfield Historic District who would be viable for the proposed program. Virtually all homeless individuals that happen to pass through or make a temporary camp in Springfield also frequent Downtown, and thus most veterans have been evaluated for this specific program already.

In fact, chronically homeless veterans, the population that Ability Housing has verbally (not contractually) stated they wish to pursue, are dropping in number rapidly thanks to the VA and other community partners, and may be completely eliminated relatively soon. Thus, Ability Housing would then house everyone else.

Thanks for bringing the issue of balance into the equation as well, as it is often overlooked. Balance is key for a community to both prosper and serve those in need at the same time. The Springfield zoning overlay was established to address the issue of imbalance in our neighborhood.

Perhaps Ability Housing leadership should look to establish balance in their own communities first, where services and housing for those in need are sparse to nonexistent, before asking other communities to add even more.

Bill Hoff, President, SPAR Council

Who Are You Talking About Here?
Concerning AG Gancarski’s piece [Fightin’ Words, “Corrine Delivers,” July 30], in paragraph 10 he starts, “For credulous crackers in Northeast and Central Florida ….” Question: To whom or what is he referring? Please amplify.

Wayne Humphrey

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