TODAY'S LETTERS: Readers Respond to a Column about Journalists as 'Surge Protectors,' A McClatchy Story about Falling Iraq Deaths, and Joe O'Donnell

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Readers wrote in this week reacting to a column about journalists as "'surge protectors'," the online response to a McClatchy story about the decline of Iraq deaths, and the death of Joe O'Donnell.

Will the Press Again Serve as 'Surge Protectors'? The administration seems very adept at setting a news agenda that is not at all the issue. The issue in my opinion is not whether "the surge is working." The issue is whether we should be in Iraq in the first place, not how many troops we have there. Please keep up the excellent work. Richard BermanChappaqua, N.Y.

Criticism Of McClatchy Surge Story Sparks Online ResponseBy simply looking at the Iraq casualty statistics readily available from any number of sources, one can easily see what McClatchy International Editor Mark Seibel refuses to. In August, the 84 Americans kia in Iraq represent the most since 85 were killed in 2005, and the second most since the war began. In July, 79 Americans lost their lives, the most killed during that month since the war began and, in June, the 101 dead were far and away the most for that month. …


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