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No pride with Congress

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Having passed my 75th birthday, I have a few memories.

I remember my Uncle Alvin coming home in 1945 from the horrors of Monte Casino in Italy a badly damaged person.

I remember my cousin Norman (a promising minor-league ball player) coming back from Korea after being shot through both knees.

I remember the men I served with in the 1950s and 1960s. Some came home. Some didn’t. Some reclaimed their previous lives. Some are still finding a way to cope with the experience.

I watched my friend Bruce, a Vietnam brown water sailor veteran, see his sons off to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of them did what they could to make this country what it should be, and I honor and love them for it.

However, I do not believe that they nor I would take any pride in the actions of the members of Congress. They seem to have forgotten that they represent all of the people of the U.S. and owe their positions to the people who paid with their blood and service, not to any political party.

Please write or email your representative and tell them how you feel.

Dale Lavan

Woodstock

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