Letter to the Editor: Campaign Signs Cut

Signs supporting George Allen and Mitt Romney posted on Daniel Cortez's property were destroyed.

Dear Editor, 

Tragically, "hate crimes" have continued in Stafford County, Virginia. As an independent who votes the person not the party, I voiced my free speech by having two large political signs placed on my property Tuesday. Haters decided this disabled Vietnam veteran's voice would not be heard Tuesday night as gutless COWARDS cut up these signs rather than have the courage to let the voters decide who "we" would support during this upcoming election.  I have voted Democrat and I have voted Republican but never have I had a "hate crime" committed on my property when I supported a Democrat. The signs will be replaced as soon as more come in the Allen and Romney headquarters. To the haters who think my voice will be silenced..."You are messing with the wrong man." 

Freedom of speech IS worth fighting for.....I fought for it in Vietnam my Uncles in WWII and Korea, and my son serving today. I WILL continue the fight against all enemies of our great democracy..."foreign and DOMESTIC" right here in Stafford County.  I must ask you cowards who live in my community..."Is it the color of my blood that makes you think I can't support the candidate of my choice?"  Or your lack of intestinal fortitude to allow the people to choose?  Again you cowards....you are messing with the wrong retired Marine. 

Daniel P. Cortez
Stafford, Virginia

Anne August 02, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Mike, for some reason I can't directly respond to you so I have to do it this way. You have the rights to your thoughts as I do mine. I don't deny you or Cortez your rights but will call meanness and hatred when I see it or think I do. I still believe a bunch of silly kids did this and not mean spirited adults who love Obama and Hate Republicans. I personally hate no one. I wish you luck Mike and keep grinning and vote. No matter how you are I want you to vote always... Just as I will right after you to cancel yours.. :) Good night
Anne August 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You bet I would. How come all vandals must be politically motived? Explain it please. I think you white right wing men tend to take things to extreme. Almost like you are paranoid. Are You? I certainly am not and if i'm wrong, well I will admit I am. But so far I have seen no evidence to suggest HATE as Daniel Cortez suggests.
MichaEl Hirsch August 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
It seems to me to be a simple matter, Mr. Cortez explains that this is a repeat behavior. No one should for any reason vandalize anything.
MichaEl Hirsch August 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Thank you Anne. You can go first if you please. Why hate republicans, what a seemingly meaningless generalization. What is there to hate? Dislike, dissaprove, but hate? Really? I am confident that the two political committees that I am a member of, as a values voter, hold beliefs consistent with my world view. Have you ever read the Republican Party of Virginia Creed? How about the Democratic party platforms and planks going back to, let's say the Civil War, I have found this to be a tremendously helpful way to make an educated choice when casting my vote. It has been my pleasure to serve Fredericksburg as an Officer of Elections in Ward 3. Eveyone reading this should register, help others to register, get out the vote and participate in one of the processes that makes America exceptional. But please don't get drunk and trash my property! PS - I am so glad that there weren't enough votes to cancel the present Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and I am so proud of our new District 17 Senator. November is coming! Likewise good night to you too!
Anne August 04, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I take people from various churchs to vote on election day and take a weeks vacation at election time for this purpose. I don't care how they vote just that they do. Back to Mr. Cortez, I hope he doesn't become violent. That is my wish only. Is that to much to ask for? Violence solves nothing most of the time. Is a sign worth violence? Peace


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