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Letters to the Editor for June 15

Visit to capital includes a poignant moment

In February I had the privilege of going to Washington, D.C., with my mom.

It was great getting to see all the famous monuments, tour the United States Capitol Building and the West Wing of the White House. The one thing that stuck out to me was getting to see something that is very important to my hometown. I was able to see Jeff Lucas's burial site at Arlington Cemetery.

On the first day I was there, I was able to go to the Arlington National Cemetery, which is just across the river from the Lincoln Memorial. When we arrived, my mom and I headed to the information desk to ask for directions to Jeff Lucas's gravesite. The lady told us that the gravesite was half a mile away, but we figured that Jeff gave it all, so we can walk to honor him.

I realized while at his grave how much Jeff did for our country. I didn't get the chance to bring flowers, so I decided to break sticks into small pieces, and I placed them on the top of the tombstone and I spelled out with them, 'Corbett.' I cleaned up his gravesite and put everything back in place that the wind had blown away. I have been hearing about Jeff Lucas since the first grade, and I never really understood why he was so important to this community. After this, for the first time, Jeff actually meant something personally to me. He was so important to this country and now me.

There are more than 300,000 Americans buried at Arlington National Cemetery and each one has a different story. Jeffrey Alan Lucas will always be remembered at our school each time we attend a football game, July 4th festivities or participate in PE games. I now know that Jeff meant so much to our country and to his small town. He is Corbett's hometown hero!

Mac Kenna Rogers

Corbett

(Editor's note: Stacey and Vance Rogers sent this story by their daughter Kenna, which ran in the Corbett Middle School paper.

'Our sixth-grader had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., earlier this year to tour many of the sites and visit with a friend who works at the Capitol. While there, she visited the gravesite of Jeff Lucas, who was a Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan many years ago. She wrote a story about her experience for school, and they printed it in the Corbett Middle School paper.')

People must continue to write for rights

In response to the most recent anti-gay marriage letter from Louis Bowerman ('Letter didn't change mind on issue' in the June 8 edition of The Outlook), I must first say I am glad to hear that he is 'against violence in any form against anyone.' On this point we agree.

What Mr. Bowerman failed to understand is that by denying a particular group of people their basic rights, discrimination is born, which often leads to these deplorable acts of violence.

I take offense to being called 'presumptuous' and 'giddy,' but I will heartily agree that I am 'idealistic,' as he describes me, for I strongly hope for a better, more peaceful world in which my daughter and all children can live.

Mr. Bowerman feels 'you cannot beat people into submission' by letter writing and that it will take more than a few letters to change people's views on the anti-gay marriage issue. This is why I and others continue to write. As English philosopher Edmund Burke once said, 'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.'

Furthermore, Mr. Bowerman believes that 'marriage should be left up to churches.' That is the problem; the conservative right is trying to run this country based only on their beliefs. If this were allowed, only conservative Christians would be allowed to marry.

Once and for all, I believe the last lines of the Pledge of Allegiance best illustrate what our government stands for - 'Liberty and Justice for All.'

Sue Cowan

Gresham