Heroism an important part of war coverage

To the editor:

I was so glad to see your Sunday story about one of our military heroes, Chief Warrant Officer Sean Laycox of the Nevada Army National Guard ("Saluting American Valor").

I'm glad the Review-Journal has embarked on this series. Casualties are part of the story, but they are not the whole story. We need to hear what our troops are accomplishing and their heroic deeds.

Christy Leskovar



To the editor:

I found it odd to read in your Sunday newspaper that some Muslim military personnel fear a backlash to last week's Fort Hood killings, because the family of shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan said he wasn't treated like an American or a soldier should be.

Seemingly, he ostracized himself, and if he was going to complain about people in the military "harassing" him, maybe he shouldn't have gone around saying he's a Muslim first, a soldier second -- especially when he was surrounded by obviously patriotic members of our armed services.

That's like me being a pastor and saying I'm an atheist first, a pastor second, and then complaining about how I get treated by the congregation.

John Walls


Left off the list

To the editor:

Corey Levitan wrote in Sunday's Review-Journal "there's no space to list" all the movies shot in Las Vegas and surrounding environs ("Cinema city").

But if one lists only 10 movies with a Las Vegas connection, he should include 1980's "Melvin and Howard," about hard-luck Melvin Dummar's claim to Howard Hughes' fortune. Mr. Levitan left it off his list of 47 movies.

"Melvin and Howard" is a terrific film, directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs").

It won Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and for Best Supporting Actress, Mary Steenburgen. But its most memorable performance is the brilliant Jason Robards as Howard Hughes.

See it, Mr. Levitan. You should love it.

Tony Macklin



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