Don't be blinded by lies

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 11:09 p.m.

The recent letter by James Harrell (Jan. 5) disparaging anti-war protesters in Gainesville deserves rebuking.

The allegation that all of the protesters were "homeless looking" is completely unfounded. The members of the Community Coalition Against War and Terrorism come from all walks of life, including hard-working professionals and a number of veterans. Several area high school students are involved as well.

The only homeless person in that particular activist group was a substitute teacher from Gainesville, who suffers from the embarrassingly low income that teachers are paid in Alachua County.

The idea that protesters have nothing better to do than stand on a street corner for an entire afternoon is almost as absurd as the reasons which Bush has put forth to justify military action against Iraq.

I suppose nowadays fighting against war mongering and militarism instead of worshipping consumerism makes us shiftless tramps or godless traitors. I've been called both while protesting before.

Not everyone is blinded by the Bush administration and its lies. We've received tremendous support, far exceeding the negative responses.

Individuals who call for war with Iraq are isolated and divided from the rest of America, as well as the rest of the world.

For those who sincerely search for the truth, try seeking other sources for information besides the American mass media.

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