March 29, 2005
Sending a message
KATU interviewed McKay high school principal Cynthia Richardson last night regarding her decision to prohibit display of a photograph of an active duty Marine, Cpl Bill Riecke, holding a weapon as part of an exhibit showcasing past McKay graduates. During the interview, she asked, "What message am I sending to my students if I post that picture?"
Marine Dad Skip Paris has a response:
How sad it is that our society has forgotten the hard work and dangerous living that our young men must endure to preserve freedom.
A former Oregon resident also offers a clue:
Dear Ms. Richardson and Ms. Baker: May I respectfully suggest that the United States Marine Corps is a military organization whose function is to carry weapons on behalf of all of us and to use those weapons skillfully so that our country can remain free. When you show a likeness of a United States Marine graduate of your school without his weapon in a battle zone like Iraq, you are showing him effectively out of uniform. You might as well show a battleship without its guns or Paul Revere without his horse. Your decision to modify a picture of Bill Riecke to remove his weapon is wrongheaded. It betrays an irrational fear of firearms properly used. You do not need to be afraid of firearms, nor of photographs of Marines handling them. On the contrary, you should be proud that your graduates find the military an honorable and patriotic way to serve their country. I am a former resident of Oregon and my son still lives there. Don't fall prey to politically correct policies. Let Mr. Costa put an unadulterated picture of Bill Riecke up in his classroom. You will not be sorry that you did. Sincerely, James D. Ellen Washington State
Here's a perspective from a VietNam veteran (and thank you for your service - it is appreciated):
Ms. Baker & Ms. Richardson:
Posted by Deb at March 29, 2005 11:27 PM
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