Reader critical of Brown’s activities

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Charlie Brown’s campaign emphasizes his military background. Although I personally never served in the military I have great respect and admiration for those that did. My father served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, and my father-in-law received the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying missions over Burma. I decided to serve in a different capacity. I was a police officer with the Roseville Police Department for 28 years before retiring in 2005. It was while working at the police department I met Charlie Brown. Charlie was employed as a records clerk. I remember Charlie because in April 2004, he sent out an unauthorized politically motivated e-mail via the city of Roseville e-mail system. Charlie responded to an e-mail that we all received from another city employee. This employee was welcoming home a co-worker that was serving with the military in Iraq. Charlie sent out his e-mail to all city employees. His message stated, “Only 130,000 or so military members left over there now wondering when they will get home from this war of occupation/aggression.” I was disappointed in Charlie because rather than taking the opportunity to welcome home a fellow veteran, he chose to criticize a war that he perceived as unjustified. It is commonly known now that Charlie showed up at an anti-war rally in Sacramento where a United States soldier was being hung in effigy. Attached to the soldier’s shirt was a sign that stated, “Bush Lied – I Died.” At first Charlie denied wearing his uniform to the rally until photographic evidence surfaced showing him wearing his battle dress uniform jacket and cap. One has to ask, why would a retired military officer choose to wear his uniform in support of anti-war protestors? Charlie you owe the voters and veterans of the 4th Congressional District not only an explanation as to why you felt compelled to send a politically charged e-mail at taxpayers’ expense, but also why you decided to wear your military uniform to an anti-war rally where a U.S. soldier was hung in effigy. Steve Uribe, Granite Bay