To the Editor:
Regarding the letter from Alex Semiletow in your Nov. 18 edition, I find myself wondering whether I interpreted his letter as it was meant, specifically the phrase, “so that simpletons can feel proud about sending their children to die.”
Did the letter truly mean to totally disrespect our men and women in the military and their parents? It certainly sounds that way. I would ask Alex, how dare you show such disregard for the very same people who have put their lives on the line to give you the freedom to write your letter. So many families in this nation have suffered the loss of their children or live day by day in fear of hearing the news of the loss or injury of their children. Do they really need someone like you branding them as a “simpleton?”
Furthermore, why would you even assume that our service men and women are “sent” by their parents to war? It is a choice made by these brave young men and women, who should have your respect. And, yes, their parents have every right to feel proud of them.
If I misinterpreted this letter, I apologize. If that is the case, I’m sure Alex will want to write a follow-up letter to apologize to the parents of our armed forces personnel.