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Snowden on way to going from ‘hero’ to ‘martyr’

Regarding what to call Edward Snowden after his revelations about our government’s massive and secretive spying on its own citizens, I’d say it’s more than appropriate to call him a “truth teller” or even “hero.” It is not too complimentary to call him a “whistleblower,” for that is just what he has done. He witnessed actions that appalled him and that to his conscience were not in the best interest of the American people. He told the Guardian:

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. ... If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards. I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things. ... I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.”

The only people calling Snowden a traitor are those government and contractor entities and politicians closely involved with this spying and who have much to gain from it. I would like to think that The Journal Gazette would take an independent approach on what to call Snowden based on its staff’s own research and contemplation over what Snowden’s revelations really mean for us citizens and conclude that he deserves to be called more than a “leaker” as the Associated Press is directing its staff to do.

In revealing what he knew the government to be doing, Snowden has put himself at great risk. If the powers that be (Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, for starters) have their way and insist on prosecuting Snowden for what they consider “an act of treason” (really?) then we can confidently call Snowden a “martyr” to the cause of an open and respectful democracy.


TV, letter writer show same anti-gun ignorance

The Journal Gazette’s Golden Pen Award winner (June 9) published a letter and used the term “high-capacity ammunition rounds.” I heard the morning anchor on local TV use the exact same term, and I wondered then what “high-capacity ammunition” is.

The Golden Pen winner must be using the exact same talking points with the exact same mistake the scriptwriter on TV was using. The best part was the anchor said it eight times without questioning it.

Most ammunition could be used in “high- capacity magazines.” Just goes to show how little thought gun-rights opponents put into their words.

The Journal Gazette should have caught that but instead gave her an award.


Vet’s Parkview Field visit a memory-filled day

It all started on a rainy Memorial Day. We went up to our veterans memorial in North Manchester. My wife and I went home and debated for about three hours whether to go to Fort Wayne to see more about the Honor Flights. Finally we decided to go. In Suite 2 where there were about 15-20 WWII guys and families. I didn’t know any of them but made friends with four to five of them, especially one guy named Chuck from Fort Wayne. He told me he was in the Battle of the Bulge.

While we were walking down the hallway, a young boy had shook my hand, thanked me for my service and handed me a sheet of notebook paper. I put the paper in my pocket and walked on.

Now the movie was coming to an end. We had been at Parkview Field for about five to six hours. We had another nice uneventful ride back.

We got home. While getting ready to relax, I took out the sheet of paper the young man handed me. In it he told how he had friends in the military family and how he plans to enlist after he graduates from high school. He left no address or phone, so I hope he graduates with honors and has a very successful career.

Thank you, Acme Steel Co., for allowing us to use your beautiful suite.

Thank you for the great help we received from Lisa Williams and Mona Shepherd.

Basically, this is to thank all the wonderful people for the wonderful trip. Thank you, Peabody, for the great bus ride. The driver, Dick Shepherd, did a terrific job in the rain. A great big thank you to all.

BART CORRICELLI North Manchester