Just when we think state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe can't possibly make a public statement more uninformed or insulting than his previous gems, he has managed to surprise us ("Metcalfe Defends Harsh Talk About Vets on Climate," Oct. 21). Apparently, in his twisted mind, U.S. veterans who believe that responsible steps need to be taken to publicize the risks of climate change somehow deserve the moniker of "traitors."
This man, who has with great glee insulted homosexuals, people who favor restrictions on assault weapons and Muslims, has truly outdone himself. When an elected official brands veterans who have served honorably as "traitors" merely for working for a cause they believe in, he has sunk to the lowest of the low.
Mr. Metcalfe's reckless statement is even more appalling given that he himself is a veteran of the U.S. Army (a fact he proudly lists on his House of Representatives Web page). It seems that his willingness to use his status as a veteran to prop himself up to his electorate doesn't require him to treat other veterans with respect.
Who is the real "traitor" here -- veterans who exercise their constitutional and hard-won right to speak out, or an elected official who flings insults their way because he disagrees?
Mr. Metcalfe has managed to insult every U.S. veteran -- and indeed the entire military -- by his statement. He is a disgrace to Pennsylvania and his constituents. An apology should be forthcoming, but since Mr. Metcalfe seems to be a charter member of the "there is no such thing as bad publicity" school of politics, I am not holding my breath.
LINDA ACHESON POOL