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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Veteran uneasy with drone attacks on U.S. citizens
Re: Gene Stuckey’s letter to the editor (“No due process for collaborators,” Feb. 27 Pick of the day):
I am an Iraq War veteran, and I feel the government does need to come clean about the drone attacks on American citizens in foreign lands.
The public has a right to know the legal basis for the execution of American citizens without a trial. My morals are not dictated by the enemy and what they have done.
I only preface this with the fact that I’m a veteran because it seems to mean I have a view that is worth more than the writer of the editorial “Come clean about drone strikes” in the eyes of Vietnam veteran Stuckey.
Irish eyes still shine at downtown festival
The headline of Dan Casey’s column, “Broader appeal not always wise move” (Feb. 24), is short-sighted.
When the city chose Downtown Roanoke Inc. in November to manage the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival, as well as other events, we were charged to support and grow the annual events and festivals so as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy them.
Unfortunately, incorrect information continues to circulate — and it is causing confusion for festival-goers.
This year’s event on March 16 brings new prospects of a celebration of Celtic music and culture to promote our downtown and showcase Roanoke to more people than ever.
The parade and festival will have two music venues instead of one, a dedicated children’s area and many family-friendly activities.
We believed fans of the parade and festival trusted that DRI and the city would remain true to the event’s heritage.
DRI’s program plan always included a line-up of Celtic events, and agreements were signed with bands and performers as quickly as possible. There are new acts this year that will incorporate Celtic music into their performances.
We look forward to a successful event in 2013. Please come out and enjoy it.
CURTIS E. MILLS JR.
Downtown Roanoke Inc.
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