Memorial Day parade: Embarrassed by polarization

2012-06-04T09:00:00Z Memorial Day parade: Embarrassed by polarization missoulian.com
June 04, 2012 9:00 am

My husband and I are 35-year residents of the Bitterroot Valley. We raised our two children here and our three grandchildren also call the Bitterroot Valley home.

We have attended the Memorial Day parade in Corvallis for all of those 35 years. Never have I been so embarrassed for the residents of this valley as I was when the Republican float passed by. Behind one of the pickups was an outhouse with the sign “Obama Presidential Library.” I don’t care who you are or what party you vote for, Barack Obama is our president and deserves our respect as the Commander-in-Chief of our country.

The Memorial Day parade is a parade to show our appreciation and respect for those who have served or are currently serving our country. It has also become an event for aspiring public officials to show their patriotism and to ask for our votes. It is not the place to encourage public disrespect of our leader and the unhealthy polarization of America.

Cathy and Leonard Ballek, Corvallis

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