I’m reluctant to join the military controversy. There’s really no controversy at all; the military win hands down. They can do no wrong in this town. But I can’t help but comment on the one-sided plethora of pro-military responses with nary a defense of Mr. Smith’s point of view. So I will offer my position.
I view the presence of the military in this town as wallpaper. They’re here and they’re not going away. This town has more to offer them in the way of comfortable living than any other town around here. It has far more to offer them than the tawdriness of Fayetteville, so it’s a no-brainer they would settle here, and increasingly so since I’ve been a resident.
Most if not all I read about in The Pilot extols the military and does not look at the dark side. So the scale weighs heavily in favor of the military presence in this town and the accompanying — to me — over- the-top flag-waving, etc. There’s no doubt in my mind that the military these days are a very well-heeled and prosperous group, not to avoid the onerous injuries of many of them as a result of wars I can only characterize as unwinnable.
I simply cannot support — can only see as tragic, and wonder what we are supporting — when we lavish so much praise on our military who have chosen to fight in them. That’s my argument, take it or leave it.
Bob Katrin, Southern Pines
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