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Turning backs on veterans

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A recent letter (Reader Input, Nov. 4) published here urges us to show disrespect by turning our backs on members of Veterans for Peace marching in the forthcoming Auburn Veterans Day parade. Its author believes they “dishonor the troops.” How sad and unfortunate. Its author confuses strategy in foreign affairs with appearance and feels so strongly that we should punish, not honor, certain veterans. Our men and women in service to our nation deserve support. However, since when does stating the obvious — it is better to pursue peace — show disrespect? Sometimes we fight because we have no choice. But isn’t it better overall to show these men and women that we honor their commitment so much that we are trying our best to avoid wars in the first place? Who better could say that than a veteran who has seen it all? Short of criminal acts themselves, no veteran deserves our disrespect. Christ on the mountain said it once and for all times: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). I urge those who agree to take steps in support of Veterans for Peace. Barbara Goehring, Auburn