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Re: King holiday

I applaud the Payson Town Council for joining most of America by making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a city holiday. Dr. King's work and sacrifice for racial equality changed this country forever.

However, do not make more of Dr. King in death than he was in life. He spent much of his public life consorting with Communists and fellow travelers. He opposed our capitalist economic system in favor of socialism. He also opposed a strong American foreign policy aimed at containing, then, defeating the "evil empire" -- international communism.

Additionally, he protested our defense of South Vietnam's right to freedom. These protests undercut American troops in Vietnam and gave aid and comfort to our enemies.

As we celebrate his civil rights victories, remember that he also was misguided about the Soviet threat and the need for a strong, assertive American foreign policy.

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