I am proud to say that I am a United States Army veteran. I served with loyalty to my country and respect to my authority figures during the very difficult Vietnam Era. I was assigned to an area where the American government would not acknowledge the presence of its forces. I was removed from this area at the onset of the Tet Offensive in February 1968. I have witnessed loyalty to the United States that carries beyond mere military responsibilities. There was a pride in completing our tours of duty that transcended responsibility and followed our former World War II and Korean veterans and their beliefs in the American way of life. Pride in being a citizen.
It disgusts me and my fellow servicemen that our sacrifices in the name of the U. S. Constitutional Amendments are now being realized in a national election that seems to condone lying, cheating and dishonesty. Be that as it may, it seems that some people have chosen to allow the national vitriolic campaigns to filter down to the local level. We all must remember that we are a community which is made up of many opinions, belief systems, religions and political viewpoints. My friends and I fought, and some died, for the right to allow these differences. That is what makes a great community. Our community.
We are neighbors. We will continue to be neighbors after the election is completed. This national campaign seems to be driven by people that wish to win at all costs. Please do not allow our community to fall into this ugly trap of contempt for the opponent. We are all better than that.