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April 26, 2010

Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2010

— All veterans deserve respect and honor

I served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, and when we returned home we were treated like heroes across the nation. I am very proud to have served and was extremely moved by the way WWII veterans in general have been treated. I regularly am provided services from VA hospitals and have been treated very well there.

I’ve recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama to inform him of injustices to Vietnam and Korean War veterans, who have not been recognized as well as WWI and WWII veterans. Especially Vietnam veterans, who were spit on by their own countrymen when they returned home from this war. Nearly 100,000 U.S. soldiers died between both of these wars. More than 250,000 U.S. troops were wounded in both conflicts and more than 20,000 U.S. troops were missing in action.

Because these were not popular wars or conflicts and because neither was won by the U.S., these soldiers have not received the same treatment or respect that WWI and WWII veterans received.

Because of this, I have asked President Obama to consider a national day be put aside each year to honor these veterans. Any and all public support regarding this is welcomed.

Leonard J. Garraffa

South Kortright

True patriots should oppose Tea Party

More comments about Tom Sears and his column about the men that harassed an elderly man with Parkinson’s sitting on the ground, the man that spit on a congressman, the ones that yelled racial slurs, the sign carriers, e-mail threats, etc.

Are you insinuating that this is all done by the “liberal, secular left,” and reported by unprofessional leftist reporters?

Did they stage all of this in some back lot of Hollywood to show in the mainstream media? If you believe this, than I ask Mr. Sears, where are the true, honest, peaceful, professional patriots?

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