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Home for Mother's Day weekend, Josh Devaney has taken the opportunity to bring a message of peace to Norwalk. Devaney, a native of Norwalk, and Elsa Mann, a friend from Columbus, are protesting the war on the corner of Benedict and Main Street this afternoon.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010


Home for Mother's Day weekend, Josh Devaney has taken the opportunity to bring a message of peace to Norwalk.

Devaney, a native of Norwalk, and Elsa Mann, a friend from Columbus, are protesting the war on the corner of Benedict and Main Street this afternoon.

Devaney said he wanted to take advantage of his weekend at home to bring his message to the people of Norwalk because they are not as exposed to as much media or similar demonstrations. Even if people here were, he said the national media is covering up the protests that are going on all over the world. He said he frequently protests the war in Columbus where he now lives.

He said he's gotten "a bazillion honks," and a lot of thumbs-up.

While he doesn't have much hope that the politicians will do anything, Devaney, whose brother served in Iraq, said he hopes the people will. "This is democracy," he said, "talking to each other ... speaking out against what you don't like — for what you do like."

When people see them, and see other people honking at them, he said, it lets them know that someone else feels the way they do.

Not everyone has been receptive. "You guys are really clueless," one passing motorist shouted. "Fight them there, so we don't have to fight them here."

Devaney and company have had at least one sign taken from them and broken. They have plenty of backups — enough for quite a few people if anyone were to join them.

Asked what his mother, Lianne, thinks, Devaney said he hadn't told her yet, but that she'd be in favor of it. In fact, she'd probably be out there too.


Army Mom (Anonymous)

Instead of protesting the War. Please do something constructive, like praying for our Soldiers who are serving, the ones who have died and the family and friends that are grieving.

patriot (Anonymous)

To Army Mom, it is certainly productive to educate people. Why does it bother you to see someone protest the war? Isn't that alledgedly what we are fighting for; the right to express oneself? I'm all for praying for those who are serving, and for their families, but it also behooves us to be educated about why we should/shouldn't be there and try to make an impact upon the decision making process that got us mixed up there in the first place. If all people listen to are the politicians then we are in enormous trouble!

Marine Corp Mom...

I agree you have the right to freedom of speech but so do we ,the parents of the few truly dedicated who have bothered to serve. Most of the people protesting have never served or had a family member serve. My family has had members in every war this country has fought and in every branch of the service so, I guess we are the ones who truly have the right to say, SUPPORT THE TROOPS and unless you have served you really have nothing to say that I want to hear.

American 1st (A...

Clearly, supporting the troops means calling for an end to this war for profit and bringing them home. While sending packages from home may give them some comfort, it will do nothing to save them from the incompetence with which this "war" is being waged. It takes far more courage to protest alone in Norwalk, Ohio than it does to join thousands in the cities.
Note to patriot: we ARE in enormous trouble.

Rosemary (Anonymous)

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr.. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.

Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people. When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are in 2006 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
(signed) Rosemary LaBonte