Shouldn't have to run a gantlet

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005

Regarding the "peaceful" demonstration held Thursday night to get our troops out of Iraq, I actually had considered joining this demonstration. I am glad now that I did not. They showed an astounding lack of respect to families that have lost loved ones, as well as families with members still over there defending their right to display a mock flag-draped coffin on a street corner. Even though I agree that we should not be over there, my nephew is there right now because he believes it to be his duty to do so. Families do not need reminders shoved in our faces about how dangerous it is for our soldiers to be there. I also have an issue with this demonstration being held in such a place that it is unavoidable. You are part of it whether you wanted to be or not. I don't believe any group should be able to set up on intersections in this town. Not only is it dangerous, but no one should have to run a gantlet just to get from one end of town to the other.

Sandra Johnston

Juneau



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