To the editor:

So far this year the American Legion Post 9 Honor Guard has performed 129 final salutes for our passing veterans. Most of these are of the World War II era.

Because of the heroic actions of the men and women of WW II, we live in a better society. They are the reason that we are not "goose stepping" today. They are also the reason that we can roll our lazy butts out of bed on November 4th and go to the polls without fear of anything and vote for whomever we want.

More than 100 voices have been silenced. It doesn't matter which side of the fence you are on. The sad statistic is that there will be ten times the 129 that are registered voters that won't even bother to exercise the freedom that these brave souls risked everything for.

I had a person "pound" on a table and say that we deserve better government. No, really we deserve what we get. Hopefully, this will be "the year we kick in gear." Otherwise, we will wake up on Nov. 5 and wonder where we are going and what are we doing in this hand basket!

Fred L Stilwell