Veterans for Peace Barred

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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I served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars supposedly to protect American freedoms. Now we have the 4th of July parade committee not letting the Veterans For Peace participate. What has our country come to? - Bob Handy, HMC USN Ret


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"What has our country come to?"

I started asking myself that question back when I saw GITMO prisoners living in a glorified dog kennel. I again asked the question when I saw the pics of abuse at Abu Ghraib. I asked the same question after I saw the police hosing peaceful Occupy protestors with pepper spray. And finaly, when I saw the police state lockdown after the Boston bombings, I didn't NEED to ask any more questions, because the answer is as plain as can be.

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2013 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They might be afraid that since your a veterans group, you may be carrying rifles and that's a no no. Could be Bloomberg and his cronies pushing their weight around in California since they are against guns.

retcsgt (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2013 at 3:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Veterans for Peace were banned from the parade and disrespected because the head of the organizing committee simply doesn't like their message. Yet Paul Lamberton prefers to let a political organization such as the Tea Party march in " his " parade. The very same Tea Party that has been hijacked by neocons and would slash veterans benefits as part of their crusade to kill the government. This disrespectful snub of a veterans group tarnished what otherwise was a great day to celebrate America.

geeber (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 3:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Paul Lamberton needs to come in front of the City Council and explain why his organization deserves to have a parade permit next year.

I'd argue that when a parade permit is issued on a day like the 4th, the City is essentially granting a special franchise. That implies the City has an interest in public inclusion. It's sad the City would need to provide a little oversight, but I think Lamberton has overstepped.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
July 8, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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