Re "Targeting 'Modern Bullet Factory,' POG to Block CMU Building" [Jan. 17]: Generally, you protest a war. You protest the unjust nature of war, its effect upon the soldiers, our country and the country we've gone to war with. You protest how harsh it is for the people in the war zone. You protest to effect change, and that is a noble cause.
But don't protest those who are helping the world be a better place. The National Robotics Engineering Center has mostly non-military projects, working on improving safety in many fields; driving a car, coal mining, and crop-harvesting come to mind. They work on advances in medical imaging, help repair natural-gas pipelines, and rebuild bridges. They're building parts of the future, here in Pittsburgh. And yes, some of those advances are in military technology.
You want something productive to protest? Protest the Army recruiter who goes to our high schools. Protest our mass media, which only shows us half the war, at best. Go to the top, and protest our leaders, who have chosen our course. Please don't protest the people who make our troops safer, our wars shorter, and who help keep civilians alive and unharmed. That's counterproductive to both your goal and the goals of this country.
-- Dean Jackson, Rostraver Township
In the Jan. 17 news brief about the Summit Against Racism ["'Summit' Adds International Component as Racism Opponent"], Jonny Gammage's death was described incorrectly; he suffocated due to positional asphyxiation.
Larry Elbaums South Side program, Hope Without Insurance (Detours, Jan. 17), will be available to clients for a nominal fee based on their ability to pay.