Censorship offends

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2004

I am disappointed to hear that the Fourth of July Committee has declared an intention to censor parade entries next year. The""single individual" who wore the mask of our tyrannical dictator and held a sign which read "I think I served. Commit troops. Cut benefits," was voicing a widely held view that our president's actions since the day he was appointed reflect a highly hypocritical and self-serving decision making process that has damaged our economy, our welfare system, and our foreign relations.

Sept. 11, 2001 we had more sympathy from the rest of the world than ever in the history of our country. He used that tragedy to strip us of our freedoms, simultaneously destroy our environment and our economy, and carry out an unprovoked slaughter that has earned our country the greatest degree of disgust the world has ever held for us.

The parade committee's resolve to never again allow such a display begs one to recall a quote printed in material which was passed out by Veterans for Peace Chapter No. 100 at the same parade: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - President Theodore Roosevelt

I am personally offended by troops in BDUs carrying assault rifles. I was unsure at first whether these soldiers were part of the parade, or if they were just working. Will my definition of what is offensive be taken into account next year?

Steve Reese

Juneau



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