Monday morning quarterback

Dear Editor:I see Elsa Van Leuven hasn't lost her animosity toward the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) for its failed "Fast and Furious" gun tracking venture in December 2010, which unfortunately involved the death of agent Brian Terry. She cites the fact that the guns lost in the program caused the deaths of 2,000 people, but there is no way to authenticate that number. That number was speculative. The fact is, the drug cartels, or groups inclined to use drugs, would obtain them, irrespective of the ATF's misguided policy. Sure it was an ill-conceived, poorly implemented plan, but then that tends to happen occasionally whenever human beings are involved. It is so easy to engage in "Monday morning quarterbacking," calmly picking everything apart from the comfort of one's easy chair. I wonder if Ms. Van Leuven's plans turn out perfectly? Let he or she whose plans are always perfect cast the first stone. Jack Russell Downey

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for publishing Elsa Van Leuven's 550-word letter of whining and sour grapes over the Republican's loss of the Presidential election. Her letter fortified and intensified my belief that the better candidate won. Thanks again. George W. Morris Downey

********** Published: November 22, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 32