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Saturday, June 8, 2013
‘Walk off the War’deserves notice
On June 4, VFW Post 1264 in Roanoke had the honor of hosting Warrior Hike “Walk off the War.”
Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to create the “Walk Off the War” Program, designed to support combat veterans transitioning from military service to civilian life by hiking the Appalachian Trail. Its website is warriorhike.com/.
We invited one of the newspapr’s reporters, who had the day off and decided it was not important enough to cover this story. This group of wonderful men and women had very interesting stories to tell and took time to serve our country. Too bad some people could not take time for them.
It’s right to givesecond chances
Re: the June 5 letter (“Giving convicts the vote is wrong,” by Raymond Weeks) about giving convicts voting rights:
I would like to point out that many convicted felons are not criminals but ordinary people who have made a mistake, learned their lesson and then lead productive lives.
There are none among us who have not at some time in our lives made a mistake, perhaps not illegal, but needed a second chance.
Those who have committed violent crimes are not being considered, only those who have been convicted on nonviolent crimes, paid their debt and remained straight. Contrary to Weeks’ letter, restoring their rights is the right thing to do.
MARY J. REED
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday