Weatherford Democrat


August 24, 2012

Letters to the editor, Friday, Aug. 24

— Community commended for showing support

Dear editor,

I would like to thank the citizens of Weatherford and the surrounding area for showing patriotism and support for our fallen hero, PO3 Clayton R. Beauchamp. I would also like to thank the Patriot Guard and law enforcement, along with all others who participated in helping make the service respectful and safe.

When I heard that Westboro Baptist Church, the group that is known for protesting funerals of fallen soldiers, would be attempting to protest in Weatherford, I knew that the only right thing to do would be to join in forming a human wall to prevent the protestors from disturbing the service. When I arrived, I was amazed at how many others were there to do just the same. I am proud to say that I live in an area where so many people understand the meaning of dignity and respect. Luckily, Westboro Baptist did not show up, and the funeral site was flooded with American Flags and caring community members.

As a candidate for state representative in this district, I’ve met many great people in the area, but those I met protecting the service are at the top of the list. I believe more candidates and politicians should take a stand for what they believe in. We need elected officials who will publicly stand up for what is right, and that is something that too many refuse to do. If Westboro Baptist Church or any other group threatens the sanctity and honor of our military funerals, I assure you I will be there to help prevent them from doing so.

Rest in peace, Clayton. We all thank you for your service and your sacrifice; it won’t be forgotten.

Matthew Britt,

Candidate for District 61 State House of Representatives

Why don't leaders listen to citizens?

Dear editor,

Sitting here in my dark room on this terrible excuse for an Air Force base, I’m slowly feeling the wretched depths of desolation creeping into my heart and all I can seem to think is, “What happened? Where did we all go wrong?”

The United States Congress has an approval rating so low now it’s almost hard to believe anyone out there, including the standing members of the Congress itself actually approve of their performance as of late.

People are obviously upset and starting to realize just how royally screwed we all are. The Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party protesters are blatantly obvious signs that the unrest we all feel is starting to reach the boiling point. So I’m thus led to my next big question: If so many people are obviously upset, many of which are actually taking to the streets, why then is it that the men and women up on Capitol Hill don’t seem to be listening to the outcry? Isn’t it their job to do so?

Jesse Caulder,


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