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Having Weather Underground guest was right

December 26, 2009
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

    I respectfully disagree with last week’s letter regarding the program for the 150th anniversary of John Brown's death. In my opinion, the presence of Bernadine Dohrn, former leader of the Weather Underground, at the event was most fitting.

    While Dorhn's ideology and tactics were deeply flawed, she shared with Brown a courage to follow her convictions wherever they might lead — even outside lawful boundaries.

    Let’s not forget, John Brown was a violent revolutionary. It could even be said that the real misfits at the celebration were the mainstream officials, who might oppose Brown’s modern counterparts. It’s much easier to recognize and denounce past injustices than those of the present.

Jon Hochschartner

Lake Placid


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