The implication that someone who has dedicated his or her life to serving America lacks patriotism is utterly unpalatable. But reading the smear piece against Sen. Barack Obama by Nedra Pickler of the AP, it appears some in the media do not share this opinion.

No doubt as the campaign season heats up, we will hear ever more despicable attacks from conservatives desperate to retain their grip on power. I hope that in the future we can expect reporting that focuses on the candidate's positions, rather than trying to call into question how much they love the country they tirelessly serve.

Tom Gonzales