Kerry and Vietnam |

Kerry and Vietnam

Re: “Kerry betrayed men in Vietnam,” letter to the editor, Feb. 10:

Is [the letter-writer] suggesting that, in fact, no atrocities were ever committed by some U.S. troops during the war in Vietnam and that Sen. Kerry, therefore, lied about these events occurring? (Readers need only recall the massacre led by Lt. Calley at the infamous My Lai village to know that, sadly, some atrocities by U.S. troops did take place).

Or was [the letter-writer] suggesting that a citizen’s right to speak out on such issues should be curtailed and not protected by the First Amendment to our Constitution? If so, on what basis?

Or was he saying that Sen. Kerry, having served his country with bravery, honor and distinction in Vietnam, should not be afforded the same rights of free speech? Again, if this was [the letter-writer’s] belief, what was its basis?

It has been said, “Free speech is easy to defend when it is speech with which you agree. But such speech seldom needs defense. Rather, it is the unpopular, the challenging, the disquieting speech that all Americans must defend, for that is what the First Amendment to our Constitution provides to us all.”

Larry Kaufman

Nevada City

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