Letters to the Editor

Letters from Feb. 23, 2008

CKSD budget

How is auto maintenance not worthy?

I, too, am appalled and embarrassed that Ms. Cathcart would even suggest that auto maintenance is not worthy district funding for the Central Kitsap School District. Is she so out of touch that she is willing to call a math major to repair her car? Start living in the real world, sweety, and see that this is a valuable trade, enabling someone to contribute back to society versus dropping out of school because they could not pass the all-mighty WASL.

TANIA GARBERG

Silverdale

Scott’s honorable discharge

Shame on the Navy

Under the uniform code of military justice (UCMJ) there are different venues for punishment depending on the severity of the charges; there is court martial, the equivalent of a felony trial and captain’s mast, the equivalent of traffic and misdemeanor courts.

I’m beyond disappointed by the Navy’s decision to send Command Master Chief Edward Scott to captain’s mast — a punishment normally reserved for minor infractions and petty crimes.

Apparently Navy leadership hopes to quietly send him on his way with his pension intact and an honorable discharge.

The Navy is putting on a big song and dance about all his years of devoted service and awards which they can’t overlook. That is a load of garbage. If it had not been a sting and Scott actually accomplished what he set out to do, would Naval leadership be talking up all his years of devoted service and awards?

Someone is giving Scott a great big kiss goodbye at the risk of angering their own ranks and a local community with what they hope is a short memory. Scott could have gone to court martial and if found guilty could be serving time right now and that would not bother me at all, but to give him an honorable discharge is an insult to every one of us who has ever honorably worn the uniform of the armed forces.

Shame on the United States Navy.

MIKE COOPER

Chief Petty Officer, Retired

Bainbridge Island

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