Re Magazine's military cover photo (Parade, Nov. 10):
I used to chuckle to myself in the 1980s when I saw photos of Soviet military members. The ribbons on their uniforms took up their whole chest area. I thought it was because that nation was in too many military actions and they didn't really value the awards. I saw photo on front of Parade magazine Sunday morning and noticed all the ribbons on the young soldier's chest. It indicates to me that America is involved in too many military actions and we no longer really value the awards. When I enlisted in the Navy back in 1972, I got the National Defense Ribbon just for "showing up." I never valued that award as it was given to everyone. I wish we stopped trying to be the world's police force and stopped sending our troops every place. I don't want America compared to USSR.
-- Art Sommers, Carmichael