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February 1, 2013

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25 years ago

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A $36.2 million Contra aid package will go before the House and Senate this week, and local American Legion officials say the money is needed to help the Contra rebels fight for freedom and to keep communism away from United States’ borders.

“If all American people heard what we heard today, there could be only one way to vote,” Bruce Wilson, commander of the Donald W. Gleason Post in Delhi, said after returning from a state legion conference Sunday in Albany.

He and Donald Laraway, a member of the Charles L. Jacobi Post in Sidney, were among 225 state legionnaires attending the state winter conference, featuring a presentation by two Contra rebels on endorsing Reagan’s plan.

A very close vote on President Reagan’s new $36.2 million aid request is expected in the House Wednesday. The amount includes $3.6 million for military purposes, to keep forces going through June. If the administration’s request is approved, a vote is expected in the Senate on Thursday.

Wilson said members of the post are 100 percent behind the Contra aid. “The main reason (for sending the aid) is that the communists are making Nicaragua their target. It’s Mexico next.”

“It’s in the best interest of our national security that we help these people,” said Laraway, a World War II veteran.

Other local legion officials are also concerned about a possible communist takeover so close to the American border.

“It’s time we take a stand. What are we waiting for,” said Michael Gregory, commander of the Sidney post and veteran of the Korean War.

 

50 years ago

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