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No Tanks, Please

December 25, 1988

I hope others share my outrage at the inclusion of military tanks and troop carriers in this year's Pacific Beach Christmas Parade.

The Town Council's flyers encouraged us to bring our children to see the clowns and Santa Claus. My daughter has marched in the parade for several years, and we always bring our younger son to watch. A Christmas parade should convey a message of joy and peace on Earth--the message of the Christmas season.

We always enjoy hearing the Navy band. Even the military drill teams are relatively inoffensive. This year, the gun mounts on the tanks were decorated with red and gold tinsel. You cannot use bright tinsel to disguise the fact that tanks and troop carriers are instruments of death and war.

How could this fact have escaped the parade planners?

PAULA M. HUI

San Diego

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