Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon
September 6, 2005
Bravery: to encounter with courage; defy; dare. Dictatorial: stresses autocratic, highhanded methods and, often, an imperious manner.
God bless you, Cindy Sheehan. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world understands your pain. Patriotism does not include, and it never did, ignoring flag-draped coffins, or supporting an inherently immoral war.
Let's hope that the flicker of light shining forth from a few brave souls who have the fortitude to stand up for what is right, becomes a flame for truth and justice and a beacon for peace.
-- James M. Gooley, Keizer