When two dozen Illinois veterans went to Sen. Barack Obama's office for a meeting on April 8, Sen. Obama was unwilling to meet with them. He was in his office but just wouldn't come out. Friday, May 23, 2008, Gen. David Petraeus was back on Capitol Hill to testify before Congress. Sen. Obama was there, too, but not for long. He stayed in the committee meeting long enough to ask one question before ducking out.

Is this the man we want for our president?

Thomas E. Kerr

Senior chief petty officer, retired

West Jordan