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I am writing this in response to John Weibel’s letter telling CU fans not to boo their team.

University of Colorado students have every right to boo the Buffs when they are doing poorly — just as they have every right to cheer when they are winning. Cheering and heaping false praise upon a team that fails to live up to our expectations is no more helpful than expressing our displeasure in said team.

Just because we support a certain institution does not mean we are obligated to smile and cheer every single moment. It is our right and our responsibility to let the players and coaches know when we are not happy with the decisions they have made.

Express how you really feel about how things are going, but do not try to sugarcoat things. That is more childish than anything.

Richard W. Velliquette

Boulder

OBAMA TESTED BY AFGHANISTAN

In spite of opposition from a growing majority of Americans, the bureaucratic, diplomatic, military juggernaut known as the “mission in Afghanistan” is bound to be serviced with fresh troops and lots of new money. The only debate among Washington elites is over just how large this escalation will be.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has issued a near panicky report in which he concedes that, after eight years in country, the Pentagon is approaching “failure” in Afghanistan, as the designated enemy controls more territory than ever before and the population is tiring of foreign occupation.

Our brilliant general therefore imaginatively concludes that he needs more troops — tens of thousands of them — and quickly. And, oh yes, that storied Afghan army, which U.S. taxpayers have for years been training, arming and paying, simply must be enlarged, as well.

The fact that our nation is bankrupt with trillions of dollars in debt seems never to enter the minds of Pentagon planners. But, neither did it dawn on Soviet managers, until the late 1980s when the costs of their Afghan adventure became untenable, soon leading to their societal collapse.

Largely since he’s made such a big deal of it, Barack Obama is now faced with a momentous decision that will determine the fate of his presidency and the course of our country for many years to come.

Either he intends to address the pressing needs of the American people or he will fight a doomed war against the Afghan people. He can’t do both, as these two missions are mutually exclusive.

Cord MacGuire

Boulder

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