Agrees with mayor that parade was unnecessarily politicized

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Dear Editor,

I agree with mayor Russ Porterfield that our July 4th parade was unnecessarily politicized by veterans who are opposed to the war.

I have the highest respect for the service these veterans have rendered our country, and I surely respect their right to have and voice their opinions about the war.

However, as a veteran myself, I can assure all concerned that there are many veterans in this town that disagree wholeheartedly with the position taken by the marchers. While many in the crowd applauded these vets, many others who disagreed remained respectfully quiet.

One thing that bothered me the most was the sign that read, “Support the Troops, Bring Them Home.” That is one of those swell sounding slogans that actually means very little.

I say that because very few of our troops in Iraq would regard just quitting and going home as “support.”

Our troops in Iraq know what they are fighting for, and they are winning. As individuals, I am sure they would all rather be home. But as units of dedicated professionals, they want to finish the job of bringing democracy and genuine peace to Iraq.

Remember-reenlistment rates are very high. Does that sound like a bunch of warriors who want the “support” of retreat? Not hardly.

The marchers can believe what they want, but there were other ways to express their opinions without politicizing the annual celebration of our nation’s independence-freedom that was won by hard fighting and the shedding of blood.

Alex Landi

Mount Shasta