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July 3, 2013
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Letter: Disdain for objector

Disdain for objector

Regarding your article on Roseburg lawyer Jim Arneson reflecting on refusing induction into the army in 1972 — am I the only one who reacted with disdain? This is not a feat that should be publicized or lauded, even now. Many would consider him a coward — not a hero.

Many disagreed with the Vietnam war then but still did their duty when called. Some feel the same way about the recent and current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But does that make it right that when country and duty calls, that one can just say ‘no’ — and we are going to applaud?

What kind of a message does that send to all the young men and women that have served or are serving in the military today? Or the youth out there?

Douglas County is full of great veterans, almost all of which are humble, and some of which I’m sure didn’t always agree with the war we were fighting or the U.S. position in the world. But they did their duty for their country when called, and served nonetheless. I have the greatest respect for these folks and honor them. Jim Arneson — not so much.

Gerry Gegenhuber

Army veteran


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