Readers write: June 5

Thank all D-Day veterans

On June 6, 1944, thousands of men - sons, brothers, husbands, uncles, cousins and sweethearts - stormed the beaches at Normandy. Thousands lost their lives fighting to win a war in Europe and bring peace. Those of us who remember that day are becoming fewer. My hope is that our next younger generation will do all they can to pass along this memory. It should never be forgotten. My husband fought in WWII - my younger son has his helmet with bullet holes in it - and was fortunate to survive and come home to his mother and father. He very seldom talked of combat. He is gone now. Those alive should be thanked every day for what they did. My thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you.

MARY LOU BROOKS, DUNWOODY

It’s time to stop the war on drugs

The Habersham County toddler’s injuries (“Toddler severely hurt in police raid,” News, May 30) are the predictable result of our militarized policing and the drug war. After four decades of the “War on Drugs,” America’s police forces have more military hardware than do many countries’ armies. According to the Cato Institute, more than 50,000 “no knock” warrants are issued here each year. These military-style raids predictably lead to tragedies like the one Thursday. Countries like Switzerland and Portugal, in contrast, treat addiction and drug abuse as a public health issue. It’s time we follow their examples; it’s time for a cease fire.

WARREN GOODWIN, ATLANTA

We all pay for obesity in the long run

As some parents apparently are not too concerned about their children’s health, once again it becomes someone elses responsibility to look into this matter. Why would anyone want to contribute to the one-third already obese or overweight? Junk food is usually cheaper in the short haul, but costly in the long run. We are seeing the results of faulty diets in the past with obesity and diabetes. Why have to pay more in the long run, rather than trying to redirect the wayward from binging on food that only creates problems down the road? Let’s not play politics with our future generations!

DAVID CLARKE, BUFORD

Bergdahl should feel the weight of military justice

I want to make sure I got the basis for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release correct: He went AWOL during time of war. He professed his shame at being an American. So, for that, President Obama releases five terrorists. These terrorists are going to be involved in killings in the Middle East. It is not if, but when. I hope the military gives Bergdahl the full weight of military justice and, if found guilty, he spends his life either in a military prison or as a pariah despised by every military member who served or is serving.

DEAN HEINZ, JOHNS CREEK

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