I remember the 3 cent stamp. It looked as if President Lincoln was gazing over my shoulder through a rose-colored filigreed frame. The year was 1959. I lived in a little Cape Cod [home] surrounded by other Capes filled with the happy voices of children in summertime. We played all day and raced home at dinner time and then off we went till dark chasing lightning bugs and baseballs.
The following year President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960. America was on its way, 15 years after World War II, and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Our enemies had surrendered and in good faith we helped them rebuild their countries and their pride. Only in America will you find that kind of generosity and sacrifice.
The year is now 2014. It is also about 15 years after we were attacked. This time in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. Unlike 1959, do you think today's enemies have surrendered to America? Do you think they will no longer hate us if we let them go free? My granddaughter was born 3 weeks after 9/11. I want her to play as freely as I did in 1959. I want her to be as proud of her Uncle Jon who served three tours in Iraq as I am of my parent's generation who served in Europe and the Pacific.
If anybody wants to know if it was worth it, I have a letter from the Mayor of Tal Afar, Iraq, praising the American soldiers for their bravery and kindness to his people. So in response to the recent Hudson Hub article written by a defense attorney pleading his case for the release of a Jihadist terrorist who supported bin Laden, I say no way.
Kathy Jenson, Hudson