Letters: Keep politics out of defense bill

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This Oct. 12, 2008, file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, File)

Sometimes when I look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C., I can’t help but shake my head. The dysfunction runs rampant, and nearly every issue becomes a political football. Gone are the days when hard work, communication and collaboration would be the norm, and we’d have results to show for it.

If there is one issue that I would like to see free from the nonsense of these politics, it’s the funding for our men and women in uniform and our common national defense. As an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, the injection of unrelated issues into the National Defense Authorization Act really gets under my skin.

Currently, there’s an effort to insert language messing with the protection of certain species of wildlife into the final version of the defense authorization act. Two birds and a beetle to be exact, but it’s really about more than…

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