By Barry B. Hudson
San Diego

Like many others, the recovery of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is truly remarkable and inspiring, but it is not something deserving of naming a ship after her (“Navy to name ship for Giffords,” Feb. 11). Every day, citizens of this country that aren’t in the public spotlight face similar obstacles; are they no less deserving?

One doesn’t have to look any further than the front page Saturday to find that inspiration. Marine Sgt. Phillip McCulloch is the type of person (“Marine given Silver Star for Afghan actions”) that a naval vessel should be named after. I don’t know Sgt. McCulloch, but I feel I am safe in saying he would kindly decline this type of honor be bestowed on him and ask to have it bestowed on one of his 25 brothers in arms who didn’t come home or the 200 who live with wounds from their time in service to our country.

Let’s see how many we can get to sign this online petition at, the same online petition sight that was used to get Bank of America to reverse its ridiculous $5 monthly charge for customers to use their own money.



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