It is very sad to read the opinion poem in the Hood River News regarding Veteran's Day. It is a disservice to both veterans and those the public have elected politicians to serve them to claim that this ill-drafted poem is a, "poignant reminder of the reason we celebrate Veterans Day". It simply is not. We do not celebrate Veteran's Day to instill hatred against our elected officials. To do so would be a disservice to those who sacrificed their lives to protect our democratic freedoms. Why must we insist on taking pleasure in igniting hatred against those we choose to represent us? The vast majority of elected officials make sacrifices to serve the rest of us and are honorable. There are some who serve out of self interest and are not honest. There are dishonorable people in every profession. It is up to us to hold them accountable. My father, Jack Mills, was a veteran and a Hood River Commissioner. His service as a public official, a politician if you will, should be honored no less than his service in the military.
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