Weatherford Democrat

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November 19, 2012

Letters to the editor, Sunday, Nov. 18

— Veterans Day parade photos were all about politics

Dear editor,

The Veterans Day parade was just all fun and politics huh?? In case you didn’t understand the purpose it wasn’t a parade to advertise a political party or tractors. It was designated to recognize the Parker County veterans who all signed a blank check to our USA to protect it against all enemies at all costs, even death. And the only picture you put in the paper, on the front page even, is of the Tea Party float that had nothing to do with the theme of the parade.

And then you try to make money off of the Parker county residents by charging for pictures off your website. Is this how you tell the veterans thank you?

Guess I’ll let somebody drive my car next year so I can take pictures/video of the real meaning of the veterans day parade.

Walter “Captain AMERICA” Browning,

Weatherford

Better photo would have been great, but explanation OK

Dear editor,

There are times in our lives that we hold a position that opens us up to criticism from all sides. As I heard a preacher say one time, “I pleased all the people of my former church .. I pleased some when I came and I pleased some when I left.” As the editor of the Democrat, Margarita Venegas has been in that kind of position. I wrote a letter complaining that out of all of the veterans we honored Saturday, the picture the Democrat chose to put in was of the Tea Party. I complained this was not a political event, but one to honor those who have served us, given of their lives, so the Tea Party had the freedom to have a float in the parade.

Ms. Venegas took quite some time explaining the reasoning behind the choice of the photograph and from her response to me, I re-learned something valuable. Don’t be so quick to judge the actions of others. I know this from our Lord, but I still did it in writing my letter of complaint. Until you walk the shoes of someone, you have no idea why they make the decisions that they do. Once hearing her explanation, I now understand and agree with her choice.

I still wish a better photo had been available of our veterans, but she placed the best photo she had of that Saturday event. I am proud to say my father, Galen Leach, is a World War II veteran who was in the parade and of course I was hoping the float he was on would be the one shown. But now I understand and want to say to Ms. Venegas, thank you for working so hard to make the Democrat a newspaper that you have held to a higher standard. And thank you for having the strength of character to go the extra step to care what one Weatherford resident thought of the Democrat.  

And thank you all veterans, and veterans families, fire fighters, and police officers for serving our country.

Allison Vandagriff,

Weatherford

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