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Disagreements OK, but honor country

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2004

I would like to add a "fresh perspective" in response to Logan Spencer's. As a young person in today's America, I feel as though my perspective truly is "fresh" because it seems many a youth has a lost sense of love for their country. They leave it upon the adults of this nation to trust and to believe, while they take it upon themselves to question the very fiber of this country's foundation. I'm glad Logan is exercising his rights (and his mouth) as a citizen of the United States. However, I firmly believe he lacks the honor, courage and integrity every American - both young and old - needs today and forever. The reason this country has succeeded - and it truly has after over 225 years - is because of men and women, boys and girls, civilians and military, etc. who have taken and will yet take a most valiant stand for freedom.

Regardless of whether or not Logan agrees with political leaders, it should hold no bearing whatsoever on pledging allegiance to this great country that has given him and I so very much. Our flag is but a symbol of our liberty.

It confuses me how one could be so eager to bite the hand that feeds. It truly bothers me that he would be so willing to let a soldier's sacrifice be in vain, which he does by proclaiming he doesn't honor the flag or the country, because that is the soldier's symbol of sacrifice - it is why they fight and die that we may live.

One does not have to agree with political leaders and their agenda to stand and pledge an allegiance to our flag, our country. I have many a time disagreed with how political leaders have handled a situation, but I have never, ever forsaken my country. I cannot argue the purpose of the war in Iraq, because I know it is for a just cause. During WWII a soldier found himself questioning (as probably thousands of others did) their reason for fighting, for he saw nothing but the frontline for months, therefore seeing no immediate benefit. However, upon the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp, he declared that he knew now without a doubt why they were there.

Because you may not see the beneficial outcome (it's not always about me, me, me), you doubt. But are we to stand by and watch as a fellow nation falls to evil? Should we have stood by and watched Hitler continue his rampage? In the words of Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

If the pledge is truly offensive because of "under God," then omit those two words when reciting the pledge. But I would have you know that "under God" is a historical part of our country's formation, not a religious context. Logan, instead of pitying our troops, honor them.

Lisa Chenoweth

Juneau



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