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Posted: Saturday, August 7, 2010 12:00 am

This letter is in regard to Jim Turner's letter, July 21, titled, "Mr. Vaill thinks my letter is disgusting?"

In the past, Mr. Turner and I have had our differences in the letters to the editor section. I felt I was debating a much younger man, which his rambling and at times disjointed writing style suggested. I was surprised to find out in his letter — which was his most focused yet — that he is 85 years old and a World War II vet.

It is a sad thing that, after being blessed with a long life, Jim hasn't learned one of life's simple lessons: There are bad apples in everything that humans are involved in. Nothing is perfect when dealing with an imperfect being, and no amount of big government can make it so.

But what is encouraging, Jim, is that the majority of these imperfect humans are good, hard-working and compassionate people no matter what color they are. If you have had children, I pray they have learned this thing that you have not.

Thank you for your service to our country. It is an honorable sacrifice. My dad was a decorated Marine of World War II and Korea, and I fought as a Marine in Vietnam. The Marines watch each other's backs, and we not only cared for our wounded, but we never left our dead behind — or would die in the trying.

It's something we, as Americans, should practice. We should care for those of us who are unable, and pay homage to those who have gone before us and given us this heritage of freedom which an unrestrained and unfettered big government has been robbing us of for the past 80 years. We are all in this together. We must return to the blueprint our Founding Fathers left us: our Constitution. We must rise above what divides us for us to survive as the greatest nation this earth has ever known, no matter what those who worship at the altar of big government say.

Ron Portal

Lodi

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