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Letters to the Editor

Stirring sight

April 12, 2008

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To the editor:

You may have glimpsed the bright banners in Watson Park during last Saturday's environmental event, or noticed their picture in the Journal-World. But if you didn't see the Peace Ribbon up close, you've missed a moving experience.

The goal of the ribbon is to have a panel for each person killed in the Iraq war. Some pieces are small works of art; others simply present a name and picture of a parent or family member lost. Those commemorated range from infants killed at social events or in the family car to a 55-year-old American who told his wife, "I'm not too old to fight for my country'" and never returned.

Brought to Lawrence by the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice (LCPJ), the Peace Ribbon is the brainchild of Code Pink, a grassroots movement that is trying to end the war in Iraq, halt new wars and use the resources saved for health care and education. LCPJ added a panel with a bright sunflower, commemorating Kansans who died in Iraq. Two more local panels were made by the children of the Oread Friends Meeting (Quaker), commemorating children and animals killed in the war.

Don't miss the chance to the see this wonderful, terrible display in the Lawrence Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Ecumenical Christian Ministries from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and during Earth Day (April 22) in South Park.

Anne Haehl,

Beth Schultz,
Lawrence

Comments

OnlyTheOne 6 years, 8 months ago

"Sick" you say? What do you say to the unnecessary war?To the lives and families destroyed? All for an insane president's hope to be know as "the great liberator."Yes something's sick but not the symbol or the letter writer.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 8 months ago

Why sick? I support our troops but do not think we should have entered Iraq. If this is sick to you I wander what you think about the Vietnam wall and the other war memorials? This is not sick and this is a much better way to make a statement than a protest that gets out of control and people get hurt.

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 8 months ago

I am not opposed to peace. I am opposed to peace when terrorists use aircraft as missiles and destroy the innocent lives of thousands of our citizens. Once they learn this: " Don't tread on me", and "Peace through superior firepower", then we will have peace. Only cowards sneak around and kill innocent civilians by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and aircraft made into missiles. Once they have learned the hard way, then we will have peace. Thank you, Lynn

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 8 months ago

I am not opposed to peace generally, but I am opposed to peace when terrorists use aircraft as missiles and destroy the innocent lives of thousands of our citizens. Once they learn this: " Don't tread on me", and "Peace through superior firepower", then we will have peace. Only cowards sneak around and kill innocent civilians by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and aircraft made into missiles. Once they have learned the hard way, then we will have peace. Thank you, Lynn

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 8 months ago

Oops the second entry is correct. I made a mistake in the first one by leaving out an important word. Thank you, Lynn

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