To the Editor:

Years ago, my typing teacher recited the phrase “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country,” as a tool in learning the keyboard.

As I reached adulthood, this phrase took on a new an different meaning for me. One that has stayed with me always.

It started as I witnessed Viet Nam war protestors, throughout the country, display posters stating our armed forces were baby killers and murderers. Some spit on our troops and publicly burned our flag.

Our family buried one of our own during the course of that god-awful war.

Some years later, as a military dependent in the cold war years, I watched a nuclear submarine leave port, heading for its assigned patrol area. The people opposed to the nuclear Navy were standing on a jetty, across the river from those of us who were still waving goodbye to family members.

These people were costumed as skeletons and grim reapers, some with children in strollers, dressed in the same manner. They held banners that stated basically the same things as years before....

... As dependents left behind, our job was to continue on as normal and handle any problem or crisis that may arise. Month after month, year after year.

Not too long ago we lost one of our own, here in Ripon. This time the protest took place in a cemetery setting and sad to say, is taking place in other areas of the country....

There is a time and place for everything and a proper format. I have voiced my opinions and expressed my opposition countless times, stood face to face with high ranking individuals and spoken out against what I believed were poor judgments, bad decisions or injustices.

What I will not do is use my rights in a way that brings degradation to those who have sacrificed for this country. ...

— Sally Dahlke

647 Liberty St.

To read the entire letter, see the March 3, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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