Like Gen. Daniel W. Christman, I grew up in Northeast Ohio and served in the Army, though I wore a single silver bar, not three stars. Like the general, I was well indoctrinated by military protocol. Lieutenants do not question general officers. I still respect the man and his rank but not, so much, his opinion (“Why this general supports Clinton,” Sept. 18).

It is very difficult for me to accept that anyone who served in the military could accept the cavalier attitude in which Hillary Clinton approached the handling of classified information.

It is obvious that she values her personal convenience and information far more than that of the American people and their government. It appears that Clinton is more than willing to say and do anything that advances her political desires. Is this really what the American people deserve in a commander in chief?

Christman touts Secretary Clinton’s accomplishments in foreign policy, and I guess you can enumerate the positives and negatives of the past two administrations ad nauseam. As a past president so aptly put it, “Are you better off today than you were eight years ago?”

Politicians and many of the elite, including generals, seem more than willing to have American fighting men and women do the heavy lifting while they try to impose their will and culture on people who have their own and don’t give a damn about us.

Don’t get me wrong, when terrorists fly a plane into an American building, blow up a Marine barracks or kill one of our ambassadors, we should go to the ends of the earth to bring them to justice.

Is Trump perfect? That’s very doubtful. Does he care about America and its people? I think so. I also think he might have a little of another general in him, George S. Patton. No BS, let’s get the job done and I’ll get my hands just as dirty as yours.

Fred P. Hayduk

Wadsworth

Just seconds ?to decide

Another tragedy has occurred. In Columbus, a 13-year-old boy, Tryre King, is dead.

The 19-year-old who was with the youth said he wanted to rob someone with the BB gun. Police gave chase, and Tyre turned and pulled the BB gun from his waistband, with deadly results.

Did he want to get shot? He must have. If you pull a gun, you must realize is that a police officer is not a mind reader. All an officer knows is that he or she is going to protect himself or herself.

It is time for parents to take responsibility for their children’s actions.

Tell your children that if you pull a gun at someone, fake or real, you might be shot.

If you pull it on a police officer, it is almost a certainty. For those who say the police sometimes act too quickly and shoot people, I think police should give them a test in which they are shown a picture of a gun for five seconds and then have to indicate whether it is real.

Let’s see how they do, and remember that if the police officer guessed wrong, he could be dead.

Tom Eichler

Mogadore

Sitting out ?the NFL season

I am responding to the Sept. 17 letter “Our freedom to protest.” In his defense of Colin Kaepernick, the writer ignores the fact that the flag stands for all of us, not just the military, police and veterans.

The writer also assumes that those offended by the hate and disrespect expressed by Kaepernick overlook the terrible consequences of our ill-conceived wars.

I am incensed by the recent disclosure that our government paid greedy NFL team owners money for their patriotic displays at halftime.

The money should have been directed to homeless veterans. These are the same greedy owners who so handsomely reward the likes of Isaiah Crowell of the Browns and Kaepernick. Crowell is the player with a posting on social media that advocated the killing of police officers.

These people have a right to hate speech and disrespectful speech, much like the hate expressed by the Republican nominee for president. Hate speech often results in violence, as seen at Trump rallies. This violence is increasingly directed at police officers.

These players should continue to exercise their freedom of speech because so many before them fought for it. I choose never to see a pro football game again and will do my best not to patronize merchants that sponsor the NFL.

John S. Pangyanszki

Fairlawn

It’s a Mad world

When I was much younger, I enjoyed a comic strip in Mad Magazine titled “Spy vs. Spy.” The two characters were always trying to one-up each other. One won and made the other one look stupid.

This presidential campaign has many of the same elements, but it is not making me laugh. Our stand-off in Congress seems as silly as that comic strip.

When are our politicians going to quit calling each other Republicans and Democrats or conservatives and liberals and start working together to truly make America great again?

Gary Miller

Mogadore