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Friday, May 27, 2005

Only If You're American

In an act that wreaks of xenophobia, the American Gold Star Mothers group has refused to give membership to Ligaya Lagman, whose son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, was killed last year in Afghanistan. The reason is because--even though she is a permanent resident and taxpayer--she is not a U.S. citizen.

Lagman has lived in the U.S. for over 20 years and her application to American Gold Star was sponsored by a number of war veterans. Some mothers of the group were dismayed by the fact that there is no discimination in a national cemetery or when soldiers die side by side, yet they can disciminate against a mother.

When questioned about the group's decision, national President Ann Herd responded, "We can't go changing the rules every time the wind blows." Considering Herd's comments, The Peach can think of some other things that "blow" about this decision.

Finally, for all those other non-U.S. mothers whose children the army solicits, The Peach would like to say this: Mamma, don't let your son grow up to be a cowboy.

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