Some have wondered why I write letters to the Sentinel since I live 700 miles away. I have deep roots in Nacogdoches County as my family moved there from the Rio Grande Valley when I was 11.

I graduated from Woden High School in 1955 and began my 27 year military career by enlisting in the Nacogdoches unit of the Texas National Guard the same year.

After retiring from the Regular Army in 1982, I was offered a job as flight instructor at the Army Aviation School at Ft. Rucker where I was employed for 23 years.

I came to Ft Rucker (near Ozark, AL) initially in May, 1963 for the advanced portion of my flight training. On the Sunday I arrived, I joined the Ozark Baptist Church.

Shortly after arriving, I became acquainted with the beautiful, dark-haired 21 year old church organist/secretary. We were married five months later, lived on Ft Benning, and my wife became the organist for three chapel services each Sunday.

Now, she is still beautiful, her hair is white and she is a resident of a local nursing home. My time in the Army was spent in many places, including two years in Vietnam.

The Army must have thought my service was satisfactory because I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (4 times), the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal (55 times).

As I look at current events, I am deeply concerned about the future of our country. It seems as if a large number of people who call themselves Americans are being misled by propaganda artists on Fox “News” and other Republican outlets.

A recent poll shows that a majority of Republicans believe Trump is a better President than Lincoln was. Few things illustrate the total depravity of the GOP more vividly than this.

We hear a lot of complaints about the “whistleblower”. If you have done nothing wrong.

You have nothing to fear from a whistleblower. On the other hand, if you are a traitor, corrupt, untruthful, you should be very worried.

Honest, patriotic Americans should be thankful for whistleblowers.

Carl Hess

Ozark, Ala.

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