Priority for the limited space allocated among the 60 to 70 letters that run each week is given to readers responding to news stories, editorials or Op-Ed articles. So although letters responding to other letters do come in, they seldom run.
Sometimes, however, a group of letters on a single Times article touches a nerve with readers and provokes numerous responses. This week, one group of letters in particular — Wednesday's responses to Bobby Shriver's Memorial Day Op-Ed article on housing homeless veterans, most of them indignant over what Shriver called an unkept promise by the Obama administration — drew more than a dozen responses. Here is a selection.
-- Paul Thornton, letters editor
I have to ask those folks who are so upset at President Obama they're not going to vote for him or contribute to his campaign until this problem of chronically homeless veterans is addressed: Who will you support, and for whom will you vote — Obama's opposition? Are you naive enough to think that a Romney administration and the GOP will solve this problem? Have you listened to their plans to destroy entitlement programs across the country?
As a former nurse who has worked in Veterans Administration hospitals, I applaud Cyril Barnert, a doctor who has treated veterans, for writing a letter explaining the issue of relapse and homelessness so succinctly.