November 2, 2006 

To The Editor:

Thanks to Mason Wade we were regaled with some statistics about what military recruiters are doing with reference to sexual assaults and harassment. I do have to remind you our military recruiters do come from our very own "intelligent" society and although this statistic is dated it identifies what our "intelligent" society is capable of. "In the United States, approximately 78 rapes occur each hour, 1,872 rapes each day and 683,280 each year."(National Center for Victims of Crime, 1992)  

As for the title of my previous letter, "Rather Shameful," you can thank the staff of The Valley Reporter for that as I did not provide a title, and quite frankly I could care less if you are with or against me. If, as a nation, you really want your sons and daughters to be home and out of harms way, there is only one thing you can do to make that happen; ensure that, as a nation, we submit but one voice that says, "We won't back down."  

Instead the adversary only sees our senseless quibbling, they see despair, they see weakness in a nation that has to cater to unnecessary sensitivities because people are too afraid they may offend somebody. Do you want to know what I say? Tough Fecal Matter! Lastly, I would like to put a shout out to my peep, Brian Redding, Happy Birthday, Devil Dog. I hope you are not in a one man fighting position up there, and although we can't be with you physically, we are there with you in spirit and tradition, S/F!

Vic Noble