Students can learn from recent South Whidbey Record article


I’m writing in response to the South Whidbey Record article Saturday about the veteran and former marine Joe Simon. I hope the high school students read that article, especially the part in which he says “We were totally lied to.”

When the recruiters come around, students can check the War Resisters League at for info like: Know Before You Go ‘Cause There’s No Reset Button.

My brother was about to be drafted for the Vietnam War. He was in ROTC at the U of W where he thought it was a lot of marching around following orders for no reason. He chose to move to Canada and was always glad he did.

I was in the Student Peace Union, and still support various peace organizations, including Women in Black against war and militarism. I’m hoping Joe Simon is a Veteran for Peace.

Linda Good


More in Letters to the Editor

Check you facts when talking gun control

Editor, In Lorinda Newton’s March 10 letter, she contends that states with… Continue reading

Guns need as much, if not more, training as cars

Editor, Lorinda Newton’s March 10 letter makes a great argument for the… Continue reading

If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them

Editor, Each mass shooting grieves my soul, be it at a school,… Continue reading

Need to start listening to children about guns

Editor, The latest advice from conservative Newt Gingrich: “Let’s arm teachers.” What… Continue reading

Don’t miss out on Uganda’s dancers Friday

Editor, South Whidbey Islanders: Please rejoice and welcome the dozen-plus young people… Continue reading

Focus gun control on assault rifles

Editor, Mr. Fred Stillwell’s recent letter in which he attempts to create… Continue reading

Thankful to community for festival support

Editor, Island Shakespeare Festival presented its first indoor production in January at… Continue reading

Banning all guns isn’t the answer to mass shootings

Editor, In reply to Sharron Gray’s Feb. 3 letter to the editor,… Continue reading

Concerned with safety of island and country

Editor, I was concerned about the Feb. 7 article “Law will allow… Continue reading

Roundabout isn’t safe solution to traffic

Editor, The Washington State Department of Transportation has not put traffic counters… Continue reading

Thank you for urging responsible climate change action

Editor, Thank you for your editorial urging responsible action in confronting climate… Continue reading

Irony in Navy, civillian responses to security

Editor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island just concluded a two-week drill which… Continue reading