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- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)9
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
This is the time to support our military
In a rather noble and certainly eloquent response to anti-war protesters, a serviceman from Chaffee raises an issue that deserves wider consideration: This is a time to support the men and women who have voluntarily committed their lives to military service and to the possibility of being put in harm's way on the battlefield (see Spc. Nicholas Cook's guest column to the left of this editorial).
In making his appeal, the Army specialist makes two important observations:
First, there is a difference between being opposed to war -- in this case, a war in Iraq whose purpose would be to prevent Saddam Hussein from developing weapons of mass destruction-- and being opposed to those whose choice is to serve in the armed forces.
Second, military supporters and anti-war protesters alike must always remember that the men and women in the various branches of the U.S. armed forces are there because they choose to be and because they understand there may be a need to protect freedom through military action.
Specialist Cook's plea honors those who, for whatever reasons, have volunteered to be trained to protect this country and serve its military needs.