Support Our Troops And Control Your Hate

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Editor:

I have enjoyed reading the Payson Roundup opinion section. Some of the letters were supporting our troops (thank you), others were "get legal or get out," just about, on the illegal immigration issue. The largest percentage of our nation was once illegal. If you feel strongly about this issue, then write to our Congress and stay on their backs with letters.

Some of you can remember when Hawaii (my home state) was admitted to the Union. Danny Inouye was a natural choice to become Hawaii's first congressman and it was, at that moment, a ton of prejudice filled the floors and space. It was a tense moment for these United States.

Then the Speaker of the House said, "Raise your right hand." He had no right hand. It was lost in battle for these United States. He raised his left hand and took the oath of office. Inouye lost his right arm during the battles in Italy during World War II -- the 442 Infantrymen were one of the most decorated unit in WWII.

I had Rudy Hernandez during the Korean War. We were running out of ammunition. Rudy, with his empty weapon, charged the oncoming Chinese, with just his bayonet. He killed those charging and stopped the charge. He was shot, bayonetted and bleeding profusely. We wrapped him up as dead in his poncho. While trying to get a little rest, someone yelled, "Look." I said, "What the hell is going on?" I then looked where the dead were and saw movement on Rudy's poncho.

What I am trying to say is this. Cool it, support our troops, it's the American way, do not show anger nor hate toward anyone, let the law do its thing.

If you can remember that in 1787, after the delegates in Philadelphia signed the new Constitution, and a woman approached Benjamin Franklin.

"Well, Doctor," she said, "what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"

Franklin replied, "A republic, if we can keep it."

So hang in there and don't forget to feed those Cats.

Lawrence D. Okendo, Payson

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