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One family's sacrifice: two siblings serve in Iraq

Original post made on May 5, 2008

Few Mountain View families have been affected by the war in Iraq as much as the Barrios household. In 2004 their youngest son, Michael, returned from a seven-month tour in Fallujah. And his sister, Elisa, is currently leading a platoon of Marines there.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 2, 2008, 1:50 PM

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Posted by James Johnson
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2008 at 11:25 am

As a Canadain I feel proud that my American bothers and sisters are fighting hard to make North America free. Please know that my heart and prayers is with this family for them to be reunited again. Please keep up the good fight, and god bless America.

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Posted by Jon Wiener
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Somebody has to point this out, since you guys chose (?) not to. This article was published five years and one day after the President's embarrassing "Mission Accomplished" stunt.

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Posted by Art LinkedIn
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 6, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Jon Wiener you ass clown.

These brave men and women are in harms way while you sit comfy. At a minimum you should show some respect.

In fact, I have a ticket waiting for you - one way to the Democratic Republic of the Congo anytime sport.

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Posted by Jon Wiener
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2008 at 1:10 pm


Explain to me why I can't simultaneously talk about the government's misdeeds and still respect soldiers, including my friends and neighbors who have fought -- and died -- overseas. I think it is much worse to remain silent.

I know I don't wear a flag pin, but shouldn't I get credit for my bandanna?


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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Jon, I happen to disagree with your connection between these two young peoples service to their country and the foolishness of our president (not to mention the war itself!). I do, however, wholeheartedly support your right to make a perfectly reasonable comment. It is beyond ironic that your anti-war statement has 100% to do with what our country is about, and Arts comment would go nicely on the editorial page of Pravda. If Art is like the overwhelming majority of Americans, he has sacrificed nothing for this war- perhaps he has, but the statistics say its highly unlikely (and if he has, it changes my previous comment not at all)

I'm non-plussed to see that a profane personal attack has been ignored by the moderator and not pulled down, by the way.

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Posted by Don Frances
Mountain View Voice Editor
on May 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

Generally I take that stuff down, but will make a special exception when someone calls Jon Wiener an ass clown.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on May 13, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Jon, I don,t see any hint of respect for our soldiers in your comment about the so called "Mission Accomplished" stunt. Like most self absorbed and clueless liberals, you just see any story about our soldiers as an opportunity to push your anti-war, hate Bush crap. I found Art's response to your thoughtless blather not only appropriate but entertaining as well.

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Posted by liberal who respects the troops
a resident of another community
on May 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Guess there's no helping what some people "see" or not, eh Bob? Instead of calling names, why not explain WHY you think something. And quit being an ass clown.

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Posted by Jon Wiener 2.0
a resident of The Crossings
on May 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm


I am shocked the liberals have not come here and posted their anti-American crap.

I know where that woman lives, i pass her house everyday i come home. I thank her for having such brave children.

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Posted by Jon Wiener
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2008 at 1:15 am

After declaring the end of hostilities in a war that it sold to the public with promises of an easy and quick victory, our government still asked soldiers like these to make incredible sacrifices. Many of them, including some of my friends, have sacrificed their lives. The government asked far more of them than it said it would have to, while it asked the rest of us to spend money.

I meant absolutely no disrespect to the troops in my attempt to point that out. As I said earlier, I think it would be disrespectful to pretend that never happened.

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