Black Is More Enemy to Kerry Than Friend

RECEIVED Tue., May 25, 2004

Louis,
   In your "Page Two" column [May 21] you published excerpts from a letter (written by someone in San Diego!) that questions John Kerry's record as a Vietnam war hero, while at the same time you bemoan, "Make a point so far out that any discussion legitimizes it. Even if the point is preposterous, if covered enough, bits of it will lodge in people's memories."
   Gee, Louis, with friends like you, who needs enemies? Yes, attacks will stick, unless people know the truth, which is easy to find. People can read John Kerry's citations for his Bronze Star and his Silver Star on his Web site, www.johnkerry.com. Click on "About John." From there, click on "John Kerry's Service Record," then on "View John Kerry's official naval records by clicking here." This takes you to a page that has military records listed in alphabetical order, including entries for "Bronze Star" and "Silver Star."
   Even if you don't think this is an important issue, the citations are worth reading, just to find out how far off the mark Kerry's detractors are.
Margie Hammet
Dripping Springs
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