Letter to the editor

I am writing in response to the anonymous letter that points a crooked finger at fellow U.S. citizens. I take offense to this letter, which said that we as Americans are at risk because contractors are allowed to perform work for our government.

First, the opinion of the author of this letter plays right into the hands of the terrorists by pitting law-abiding American against law-abiding American. Rather than being suspicious of terrorists, they want us to be looking over our shoulders at our neighbors.

Second, I have been a contractor for more than 16 years, and I take the letter-writer's opinion personally. I know for a fact that at every government agency I have supported or worked with during my years in the Army, every contractor goes through just as intense a security check as the government workers they support.

Third, the government and its agencies have used contractors for many reasons for many years. Government employees and contractors alike have worked together as a team throughout my career, so I do not think the letter-writer represents reality. I suspect the author is really upset about the use of contractors rather than government people and is using this unfounded "risk" as a smoke screen for his or her own personal bias.

Americans and civilized people around the world should be pulling together to defeat the terrorist infestation rather than bickering amongst ourselves.

Name withheld by request

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