We have enjoyed the articles and pictures sent by Tom Bennett from Afghanistan. It was a fine thing for our local paper to do. Since it features a local man, Maj. Dean Perez, it helps those of us at home to feel more a part of this terrible war.

Maj. Perez, in addition to his military duties, is taking the time and energy to make friends with the Afghan people and his work with the children is especially inspiring and important. America needs all the friends we can make, and Dean is planting important seeds.

Thank you for sending a reporter to cover a part of this war, and thanks to Tom Bennett for an excellent job.