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Torture shames our nation

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It is hard for this 80-year-old lady who lives in a country that tortures prisoners or any human being. When I recently spoke to a friend about the subject, she sloughed off the horror with, “Oh, that’s been going on for years.” Another friend stated, “We only waterboarded two men.” I ask you, is this Christian punishment for bad behavior? Of course not, so why do we citizens close our eyes to this evil practice? As a peace group member I stood on Highway 49 protesting war with Iraq. Nevertheless, our army stormed into Iraq. I believe too many like me feel our voices go unheard so our eyes are closed. Thank God we have a leader who is willing to change this regretful behavior using diplomacy and tough love. President Barack Obama needs our cooperation. SHIRLEY POOLEY, Granite Bay