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True side of war

Parents expressed opinions that their students “should be given a chance to hear about the war from a nonmilitary or pacifist perspective to provide balance.” Isn’t balance exactly what this Marine Seven Hills guest speaker provided?

All one has to do to get a pacifist perspective is turn on their TV. This speech allowed this community’s youth to finally see the other side; the truth from the eyes of a soldier who lived through what is commonly referred to as “Terrifying. Hell.”

As a former Seven Hills Middle School student, I know as an eighth grader I was fully capable to take two sides of a story and develop my own opinions as to what was right, wrong, or otherwise. Presentations that provide some “down to the bone” truth are refreshing; a breath of fresh air from the censored teachings that are pushed on students everyday.



While this Marine’s views may have seemed harsh, what we all need to remember is he endured six months of terror to protect our right to debate the telling of his experiences. The experiences and recollections of our husbands, sons, brothers, and loved ones are the true reality of war and deserve our utmost respect.

Rhia Lewis




Nevada City


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