In Support of Sheehan

RECEIVED Thu., Aug. 18, 2005

Dear Editor,
    When you drive into Crawford, Texas, there's a sign with George and Laura Bush welcoming you. There are also flashing lights warning of heavy traffic. I was there for a rally for Cindy Sheehan, who's waiting to talk to Bush about the death of her soldier son, Casey, KIA in Iraq April 4, 2004 [“Sheehan's Field of Dreams,” News, Aug. 19].
    About 75 people were at the campsite supporting Cindy in her quest to speak to the president. Cindy is very accessible and real, doing stand-ups, answering questions, giving hugs. With her was a man whose son died from the same IED as Casey. Lining the road are hundreds of small white wooden crosses with names of the dead.
    Counter-demonstrators arrived around 11am, including a motorcycle club on Harleys. By then, Peace House organizers were getting people into shuttles for the rally in town. I rode an Austin airport shuttle and asked the driver what he was doing in Crawford when he could be making trips back home. He said it was something he had to do – as simple as that – the very reason I was there.
    The rally attracted 300 people, including Vietnam and Iraq vets, and media such as Air America. Speakers ranged from Gold Star parents to a couple of former soldiers, now conscientous objectors. Eliza Gilkyson performed anti-war songs. It was hotter than hell, but I'm glad I made the effort. I felt hopeful that this might be the straw that breaks Bush's back – this one woman, just seeking an explanation. Cindy plans on staying there through the Bush vacation and then decamping for the White House.
    If possible, I became even more disgusted with Bush after reading his recent comments as to why it was more important for him to lead a group of reporters on a bike trek than to spend a few minutes with Cindy: "Lots of people want to talk to the president and it's also important for me to get on with my life ... make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy."
    Way to go, George, and may you rot in hell!
    Support Cindy:
Martha Grenon
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