It's hard to believe that the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan has been delayed again.

We're coming up on three years since the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood that took 13 lives and injured 32 others.

Earlier this week, it looked as if everything was lined up perfectly for the start of the trial on Monday -- at last.

But no, the trial is on hold now -- and all because of a beard.  More specifically, whether Hasan should be able to wear one in court.

Since Hasan is still a soldier, he is subject to the military dress code, which prohibits beards.

But Hasan claims his religion comes first, and that not wearing a beard would be a sin.

A high military appeals court will decide the issue -- as it should.

The last thing anyone wants is to have this long-delayed case end up in a mistrial or have the verdict overturned on appeal because a court finds that Hasan's rights have been violated.

Hey, it could happen. And then were would we be? Out thousands of dollars in taxpayer money and possibly two months of time in the courtroom.

Better to take care of this issue now and deal with another delay.

Just my opinion.

Read my editorial on the subject in Sunday's Herald.


Dave Miller

Deputy managing editor


Contact Dave Miller at or (254) 501-7543

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