Letters

Removal of marchers was correct
       Since I have usually respected your editorial and reporting ability, I have to assume that you were fed a bunch of misinformation on the parade fiasco. I don't know if you were there or where at, but I was within five feet of the curb at the southeast corner of St. Vrain and Tejon streets. While I could not hear the discussions, I observed the antics of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. First off, the Bookman had agreed to no social agenda in the sign up. A “vote for” sign to me is only a request to do your civic duty, while signs such as “Babies not Bombs,” etc., involve a social issue. The T-shirts with a peace symbol only reflect a child-like mentality. When told they could not march or maybe not carry the signs, the people became disruptive and argumentative. They tried to prevent other units from moving on by being generally in the way. It is a shame a horse group had not left reminders to match their actions. I don't recall any signs in the '06 parade, but maybe I was lucky and got dust in my eyes. If you want justice, you have to follow the rules.
       I felt the police acted with more restraint than I probably would have. Starting with their video-camera person, it seemed obvious that they only desired publicity, which they got. Their actions guaranteed more news coverage than their marching would ever have generated.
       This same type of mentality is what had us so ill prepared when pulled into World War II. As I recall in law school, after getting out of the service, defending their rights, the Constitution says right of peaceful assembly, not disruptive and juvenile behavior.

Jim Corcoran