TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
Letters To The Editor

Disrespecting Patton and other heroes

Published:

I saw the pettiness of the Obama government firsthand.

I had a planned trip to Holland and Belgium from Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. There were many places I wanted to visit, and one of the ones I most wanted to visit was the gravesite of Gen. George S. Patton. He is buried with other American heroes at the American Military Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg, a rather small cemetery compared to most in Europe. He had requested to be buried with his men and not brought back to the U.S.A.

When our tour group with our Belgium guide arrived at the cemetery the gate was locked. This cemetery has a small concrete building at the entrance, restrooms and a couple of small offices, again small by most national cemetery standards. Our guide was upset and told us after talking to the attendant — we were OK to use restroom facilities — that they were told to lock the gate, as the American government wanted to hurt any American tourists so they would demand the Republicans open up the parks.

The attendant informed her he was usually the only one on duty, and it was no problem to unlock the gate and allow people in, but his orders were from the American Consulate.

From many other things I have seen from this administration — IRS, reporters threatened, Benghazi — I was not surprised, but mad. The real kicker to all of this is that all these federal employees who are not going to work will receive back pay when this mess is stopped.

Charles Harris

Tampa

Subscribe to The Tampa Tribune

Comments