Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Newspaper Post

Back in my home town of Franklin, Indiana...you know those small towns where not too much exiting happens? Well, a few days ago I was reading the local newspaper,www.thejournalnet.comand I seen an interesting story on the front page.
The story was about a young student at my old highschool who refused to stand up for the Pledge of Alligience. Now, I know that alot of you patriotic American out there may not agree with the actions of that young man, whoch is why it made the front page of our local newspaper. When I can find the article, I’ll post it here for all to see.
Well, I couldn’t help myself, I was compelled to write into the same newspaper, and let my opinion got about the whole situation. So, here, for all to see is the letter that I sent to my hometown newspaper. Let me know what you think, good or bad.

Soldier fought for student’s right to sit during pledge

To the editor:
First, I would like to say that I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Doug Bullington, as I have known him for a long time. He had been my family doctor up until I enlisted into the U.S. Army.

Although I have a great deal of respect for him, I do have one issue with the comment he made about the young Franklin student who refused to stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance.

How can we, as adults, condemn a student for having an opinion?

Isn’t that what we are trying to teach our young people, to stand up for what they believe in?

I am a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. I fought for that flag that the young adult refused to stand up and pledge his allegiance to. In all honesty, by him not standing up in pledge of the flag, he taught everybody a lesson about my job as a soldier.

We fight these wars so people can be free and have their own opinion about what is going on. By sitting down, that student stood up. That is why we fight, so young men and women do not have to live with disrespect because they may not agree with the majority.

While everybody else is on this young man’s case, I want him and everybody else who believes the same as he does to know that I, as an American soldier, say thank you for showing me that I have done my job well.
Jeffrey A. Rodgers

Clarksville, Tenn., formerly of Franklin

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