Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

April 29, 2013

To be ashamed of being an American dishonors heroes

I turn to the opinion page and the comics first. I find them equally entertaining. And never thought I would write.

But a recent letter struck a nerve. We are not a democracy, and the majority does not rule, we are a represented republic.

I do not always agree with the decisions of the representatives. My recourse is at the voting booth. Forty-six years ago I fought an unpopular war.

I was not drafted. I volunteered and was labeled a fool. Words cannot describe the bond established with fellow soldiers, in combat.

By the grace of God I am the last man standing, as all in my squad have passed either in combat or since.

To express or think shame for being an American is un-American and dishonors my fallen brothers and sisters, as well anyone else who has served this great country.

I was compelled to write, as I refuse to believe I am the only one with this opinion!

W. Karl Prodoehl

Cumberland

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