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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Re. three letters about my letters published in the VND: Of the dozen or so regular writers to your paper, to be singled out by Tony Parker (“Time-out for Rudy,” Jan. 18) is an honor. He claims to speak for many readers who he says are tired of my opinions.

I am grateful for the support of the other two letter writers, who still value freedom of speech.

I am not a fictional character and have been a Pennsylvania resident for decades. I remember the America in which I grew up. I compare it to today and I'm disappointed. Who can argue when Russian President Vladimir Putin says America has moved away from Christian values?

Our Founding Fathers would be disgusted if they saw U.S. Supreme Court rulings. In a country founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, decisions regarding abortion, traditional marriage and freedom of religion should be no-brainers.

What Mr. Parker calls self-righteous and intolerant, others see as common sense. God made the rules — should we not abide by them?

As a veteran, I detest war and feel it should be our last resort. Many politicians never served in the military, but if they had, they might think twice before sending our sons to war and putting women in combat.

The Constitution that gives me the right to write letters also gives Parker the right to ignore them. It would sadden me if someone had a heart attack because he read one of my letters. Isn't one's health more important than opinions?

Rudy Gagliardi


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