Let's avoid all the labels
Published: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 10:22 p.m.
Tom Hill (Voice of the People, July 21) got it all wrong with his 10 reasons that someone might be a liberal. No. 8 on his list really got to me, however. He says, "You despise all vets and soldiers even though they are fighting and dying for your freedom."
As a 100 percent combat-disabled, two-tour Vietnam vet who still has problems with PTSD and all sorts of illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure, I take issue with Hill. He did not define liberals, he defined jerks!
Just because someone disagrees with Hill or feels we were misled into a stupid war by an egotistical man who just had to be a "war president" like daddy, that does not make them liberal. It makes them someone Hill disagrees with and nothing more. If more people were willing to look at issues and not try to label everything, perhaps this country could get back on course.
I fought for my country in a war I came to believe was wrong, but that did not make me shirk my duty. Hill has the right, under the First Amendment of our Constitution, to speak his mind. So do I. But apparently Hill feels that anyone who thinks differently than he does is wrong-headed. That is not true. This country was built on difference and diversity.
Oh, yes, even though not one of Hill's criteria fits me, I do call myself a liberal and rather proudly so.
Richard F. Hill,
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