Criticizes politician for 'shameful' tactics

To the Editor:

We read with a great deal of interest the letter in The Spectrum from Patricia Erickson, wife of a seasoned veteran of 41 honorable years of service, about a politician campaigning during Memorial Day services.

What she wrote about took the wind out of our sails. These tactics are destroying everything America is all about in the political arena today; it is insulting to the American veteran.

We confirmed the tactic by this politician with three reputable citizens of New Milford who witnessed this practice and were in attendance at the Memorial Day festivities hosted by the New Milford Veterans Committee.

We value the integrity and dignity of the American veteran and we value the integrity and dignity of all veterans' organizations.

When our integrity and our dignity is stepped on, we shall react to it with a conviction that is true and sound.

So, with this said, the New Milford Veterans' Committee, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Catholic War Veteran's and the Fraternal Order of The Purple Hearts in New Milford say shame on you, Gale Alexander, for your blatant show of disrespect for the American veteran and your disrespect for the oath you took as a politician.

All the ground you may think you gained during your time of disrespect shall come back to haunt you come election time and you will reap what you sow.

An Arabian proverb says, "he who knows but knows not that he knows is stupid beyond his years. Shun him. But he who knows and knows that he knows is wise beyond his years. Take up and follow him."

Mr. Alexander, you need to read this very slowly and ponder it for a time and come to the realization that being sneaky will not gain you one thing in life except shame.

There are valuable lessons to be learned here from this underhanded practice and we are in hopes any politician who wants to get votes for their campaign and political aspirations does it without stepping on the integrity and dignity of the American veteran.

Veterans Committee

New Milford