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August 22, 2005

Now that Cindy's quiet for awhile, let's listen to some other voices

From the Exeter News-Letter...

Most of those gathered in the drizzling rain in Market Square on Saturday didn’t know Natalie Healy.

In fact, the majority of the more 20 participants had never met her son, Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Healy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in June.

Nevertheless, they stood in the rain for nearly two hours to shake Natalie’s hand and tell her they supported her, the troops, the president and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Natalie Healy, of Exeter, said she’s been concerned over a number of peace vigils that have been taking place across the country, particularly the one in Crawford, Texas, where a mother camped out for two weeks near President Bush’s ranch after her son was killed in Iraq.

"I’m down here to support the troops," Natalie said Saturday, waving an American flag and holding a photo of her 36-year-old son in his uniform. "I don’t want the only message to be what they’re hearing from Crawford, Texas. ... Not all Americans feel the same as Cindy Sheehan."

Natalie's not the only one wanting to speak out. My own comment section is full of military families the MSM routinely ignore.

From Kathy...

I too have lost a son in this war, and she does not speak for me. My son believe in what he was doing which is to ensure Freedom for all of us. He died to protect our rights, to free speech, but that does not give her the right to use other family fallen love ones names in her cause. My son is a hero and i don't want her dragging my son's name in on her "cause". He was a honerable young man, who died for a honerable cause freedom, ours.

From Nikki...

I have lost my brother in this war. I know that eveyone has their ideas but really what would the soldiers that were killed there think about this. I am not sure they would like someone saying in so many words they died for NOTHING!! My brother died believeing that he would make a differnce in this world. That he was helping others to have the freedom that we enjoy so much here in our homeland of America. To dishonor him or any other soldier is just unbelievable to me. I have other family fighting this war and yes there were times when I felt the same that this war should not be our fight but really it our business. They bombed us and killed many people who were not soldiers. This war is hard for everyone but please understand these men and women knew they were dying for a good cause and that was so everyone could have freedom to enjoy.Please don't FORGET September 11 that is why we need to finish what we started.

From Kelly Mitchell...

I have watched with utter disbelief as Ms. Sheehan and others dishonor our troops and the sacrifice that they are making. My husband returned home from Ramadi, Iraq in late March and I can tell you without a doubt that if he had lost his life while in service I would only blame the insurgents for his death. Even so, my husband chose to be a Marine and knew what that undertaking was. It does not matter that when he joined the Marine Corps that we were not at war. It is the life and the sacrifice of a soldier. It absolutely breaks my heart that Sheehan and so many others dishonor our fallen heroes. For it is the sacrifice of our soldiers that allows people to protest the war and speak out against Bush and other leaders of our country. I wonder if they ever stop to think that there are many countries where these same people would not have that liberty. All I ask is that Sheehan and others like her only speak for themselves and do not speak under the pretense of representing those who have not asked them to. I am proud of my husband and many others like him and their selflessness should be an example for us all, including Cindy Sheehan.

At least their voices can be heard here.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 22, 2005 09:10 AM

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