Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

"The years others knew as youth, I spent learning the meaning of death. The time others spent learning to love, I passed hoping to live through the endless nights. The moments others remember as laughs in the classroom, I remember as terror in the jungle. The instants of pleasure taken for granted by others, I remember as forgotten hopes, long ago crushed by the reality of war.... My time spent in Vietnam left me a feeling of unfinished business.... I speak of spiritual darkness and psychological confusion." -- Bo, always a LRRP.

What brings this to mind is Bob Kerrey, a fellow we knew from covering the Senate, where he was a lawmaker from Nebraska -- a pretty good one, too, who notwithstanding being a politician, told it to us straight. Now comes news about a secret -- his secret, but one concealed by the Navy and the Pentagon for more than three decades.

It was 1969. Kerrey was a young officer leading a SEAL team. …

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