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  •  I was 18 and a freshman at (5+ / 0-)

    Youngstown State.  Not all that far from Kent.  I knew former highschool classmates who went to Kent State.

    I was already protesting the war.  My dad called me a "pinko commie dupe"....  And then they killed us.  I was horrified and terrified and so angry; I was (am) a priveleged, middle class, well-behaved white girl, so my protesting didn't go so far as to get me arrested or even tear-gassed.

    But unlike lots of my age cohort, I maintained my liberal values.  I'm not much of an activist but do what I can.  I too have  come to understand how poorly we treated our boys who waged that war.  We did at least finally get those 18 - 20 year olds the right to vote for or against the old white men who were sending them into harm's way.

    This day always puts me in a melancholy and thoughtful mood.

    Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

    by Spirit of Life on Sat May 04, 2013 at 03:37:22 PM PDT

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