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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Now, here are some of your comments on yesterday's program.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

In our story about how John McCain's approach to Iraq is shaped by his experience in Vietnam, Elliot Freedman(ph) was dismayed by this statement from our reporter: McCain's political fortunes have improved with the apparent success of the troop surge. And he now stands on the brink of the GOP nomination.

SIEGEL: Mr. Freedman had this response: "The success of the surge is becoming a kind of conventional wisdom, and this version of events must be challenged. Recall, please, that the expressed purpose of the surge was political, that the increasing troops would provide relief from violence during which time the Iraqi government would make progress. This has not happened."

BLOCK: A number of you sent in personal stories after hearing our piece on a lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of Muslim immigrants. Their applications for U.S. citizenship had been held up by security checks.

IEGEL: This is from Philip Mitchell(ph) who lives in San Jose, California. "If you think the delay only applies to Muslims, consider this. I passed my citizenship interview in June 2005 and have been waiting on the FBI background check ever since. I emigrated from Canada on a professional status work visa in 1991 and gained my permanent residency in 1994. I renewed my green card six months before filing for citizenship." Mr. Mitchell concludes, "all you can do is hope your day will come soon."

BLOCK: Diana Fair(ph) wrote to us from what she says used to be rural New Jersey. She heard our report on a rural town in Nevada where a judge ruled that this braying donkey that kept neighbors awake was a nuisance.

(Soundbite of braying donkey)

BLOCK: Robert, does that sound like a nuisance or just a happy donkey?

SIEGEL: Music to my ears.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: Well, the town in Nevada now informs the newcomers that they should be prepared for noise and odor from livestock. Ms. Fair is outraged, she writes, "are we all at the mercy of opportunistic developers and the urban-suburban mentality of the people there damned construction brings to rural American towns?"

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