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Supporting the troops

Dear Editor:I was home in Atlanta this past weekend for the Falcons vs. Steelers game. I had the fortune of taking a Marine on leave (I will not give his name )to the game. He was introduced to me by a good friend who puts together events for soldiers on leave. This Marine is from Pittsburgh and a huge Steelers fan. We parked in a lot close by the Georgia Dome and started walking to Gate C.As we were walking down the street we passed the CNN headquarters. He had forgotten that CNN was based in Atlanta. I saw his mood change immediately and he stopped right there in front of the building and just stood there. I asked him what was up. He told me that CNN among other U.S. news agencies (but mainly CNN) were held in contempt by most U.S. service people. He said the soldiers in his command felt CNN was irresponsible in their reporting and in his mind provided aid and comfort to the enemy. When I asked him about the CNN video of an insurgent sniper shooting U.S. soldiers, he only tipped his head and said “sometimes we feel like it is all on our shoulders until we come home and talk to people.” He said the support they receive from average everyday Americans is what keeps their spirits up.These guys are heroes and they fight and bleed and die so CNN (an American company) can continue on a daily basis to disparage their memory and sacrifice.They deserve better.Jim MorganSnowmass Village

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