Paper downplayed Obama re-election

On Nov. 6, the citizens of the United States of America exercised their right to vote. To some citizens that right is more important because of the ancestral sacrifice, bloodshed and hard work that for it. Every Presidential election is an important event in our country.

So naturally, I thought on Nov. 7 the front page of the Aiken Standard would have a picture of our a country’s elected president. However, the headline read “Electoral Lock” and subtitled “Obama projected winner by early media outlets.”

The picture showed Obama supporters. I realize that this is an Associated Press article. I also realize that the election outcome was very early on Wednesday morning, probably after press time.

However, on Nov. 8, the front page of the Standard read “Obama heads back to divided government. This Associated Press article was found at the bottom of the front page. The newspaper to not fail to include an African American young male on the front page at the top who is sought for attempted murder.

I was disappointed to see how the re-election of our president was downplayed.

Norma Tate


Honor servicemen who died in Libya

I am writing this letter regarding the deaths of the two Navy Seals killed in the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

Being a 100 percent disabled Marine Vietnam veteran, I have numerous medals that reflect my sacrifice for my country, which brings me to the reason for writing.

Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, the two former Navy Seals who died defending our country in a civilian capacity as security personal, should not go unrecognized for their heroism and valor.

Their families should not have to bear the thought that their loved ones won’t be honored with a keepsake that they can hold to remind them of the heroes that they are.

Therefore, through my representatives in South Carolina, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, Reps. Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson and Trey Gowdy, I have requested that they see to it that the aforementioned receive the civilian Presidential Medal of Freedom or like medal if there is one to honor these two men and the others that died trying to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and protect our sovereign ground.

It’s my opinion that the political battle to get to the truth should not take precedence over the families who deserve to have their loved ones recognized now.

Gregory J. Topliff