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Feedback: Writer should get a new life

Here is my response to Ms. Mari Anderson, Titusville, Fl.

Thank you for your Christmas letter (News-Times, Dec. 24). It was so full of Christmas cheer and good will toward men. I am sorry to hear that you are now house bound by the hot weather in Florida. You should think about spending your next vacation on our island. We are able to walk the beach here all year long. A nice long beach walk will feed your soul.

Here we count our trees by the acre not by the trunk. And ours are full of birds. Our woods create shelter for wonderful critters like the deer that come for daily visits. We have eagles soaring watch during the day and large owls that stand sentry duty all night long.

Several times a week the sound of freedom fills the air as the Navy pilots run training flights. You don’t need to concern yourself about our welfare on the island. Washington state bases have provided the backbone of our war on terrorism. We have many true heroes among us and we are blessed. In any case, our state, unlike yours, recycles unused military bases into public parks.

Concerning your tour group on your Washington, D.C., vacations, I noticed your reference to “Not in our Name” in your letter. You may want to change affiliation. If you go to their Web site they give you a direct link to their parent group, the International Socialists Party. Of course any attempt to bring democracy and freedom to the world is going to be protested by this group. It doesn’t really matter what party affiliation the President has, to them he is by definition wrong and evil.

You should have been to our Support the Troops rally. We didn’t have to bring in busloads of demonstrators from several different states. With a couple of days notice we had 8,000 people from the surrounding counties in Western Washington. There was no violence there, no damage, no mess to clean up, and no riot gear. There were just five overpasses filled with American flags and cheering people. Nobody was arrested. The police directed traffic and ate the cookies we brought them. And the troops cheered us!

May you have a much happier and healthier New Year.

Sharyn Mellors


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