Sam: You know, this kind of protest does no good . . . it just makes the author look stupid and America seem all the better.
Kris: I agree it's in bad taste. It's easy to desecrate a symbol, but that often backfires. When you attack symbols, it simply polarizes people further.
Terri: (shaking her head in disagreement) I see as a non-violent way of venting anger. When millions of flag-waving Americans tacitly accept the torture and murder done by Imperial America across the planet, it makes me furious.
Kris: Cowboy thinking is a formula for Armageddon: we need more bridge-builders, not sharp-shooters.
Tim: One thing to remember is that people are not their actions. No matter how angry we feel about a given action, we shouldn't feel hatred towards any person. The real challenge is to love even when angry, and that's seldom easy.
One View of America - an photo  of T Newfields (1980)