To the Editor:
The Camp Ripley open house was a time to recognize the valuable role that our community plays in supporting our soldiers who have dedicated their lives to preserve our freedom. The event was not, nor should have been, a time for a protest by a narrowly focused group of fanatics that call themselves partners for peace. And to say they are Little Falls Partners for Peace is a misnomer since they recruit protesters from outside Little Falls simply to generate numbers for attention.
While I am all about exercising our constitutional rights, there is a time and place and their protest during the Camp Ripley open house was in poor taste not to mention an embarrassment to our community. Imagine what was going through the minds of the children looking to their moms and dads for an explanation as to why this was happening. For the family members of our veterans, I am sure this was the last thing they expected or wanted to see.
Next time you decide to protest, peace partners, use some discretion instead of seeking the spotlight. — Marty Skoglund, Little Falls