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Re: “Calling the troops off the Incline

I cannot believe that Caroline Williams has the nerve to live underneath the blanket of freedom that this Soldier provides and then wants to exercise her right of freedom of speech to try and have this Soldier disciplined for hurting her feelings (if the situation happened the way she alleges) . Why didn’t she go up to him and thank him for allowing her to be free and kindly ask him to not smoke up there? Or why didn’t she just walk away and allow him to enjoy his freedom to smoke where he wants?
I find it ironic that the police or sheriff’s department isn’t taking any action. Caroline Williams openly has admitted that she trespassed and broke a law. Can she not be brought up on charges for openly admitting she broke the law just like anyone else who publishes a video of a crime on the web?
Another thing that I find ironic is that the reporter, J. Adrian Stanley, is so shallow that she did not even try to get the other side of the story or talk to witnesses to ensure her facts were correct. Instead she exercised her right given to her by that Soldier to attempt to discredit the military and defame a Soldier that has clearly sacrificed more than either one of them have. No wonder that she works for an independent newspaper rather than accredited one. I ask why did this reporter and the so-called victim feel that they need to try and slander Soldier’s?
I use the incline frequently (I know, I am guilty of trespassing and will gladly pay a fine if it allows Soldiers back on the incline) and I happened to be there on that day all those Soldiers were. I did not experience a single Soldier that was disrespectful. They all were courteous and respectful and were encouraging everyone on the incline to keep going. They all were motivated and in good spirits and their eyes light up every time someone thanked them for their service and sacrifice. But now we will not be privileged enough to thank those Soldiers anymore as they train to hike the hills in Afghanistan with an additional 60-100 pounds on their back. I am sure that this Soldiers chain of command or Maj Gen Perkins has placed the incline off limits now to appease this unappreciative woman. Caroline Williams I hope you can sleep at night knowing that you very well might have let a Soldier die because he or she could not train for the hills on the incline anymore. All you did was weaken a nation today and jeopardize those Soldiers safety.
As for the owners of the incline, I understand why they put a no trespassing sign at the bottom of the incline. It is purely for liability reasons and for citizens like Caroline Williams who will sue if they twist their ankle or get a splinter while trespassing. I would recommend that they place it in other languages just in case she claims that she cannot read English.
I cannot believe the nerve of this woman to brag about her family that has served their country as if that had anything to do to the situation. I do thank her relatives for their service and hope they can set her straight on what privileges were given to her willing by great Soldiers that smoke.
I read on the internet that the owners of the incline were close to a solution of how to open the incline up to the public. I hope that day is soon and I hope Soldiers will be able to train on it again.
To all of those who serve or have served I thank you for your sacrifice and for allowing me the freedom to write this response. To Caroline Williams, I hope to see you on the incline very soon. I will be the one you pass with a cigarette in my mouth. Who are you going to complain to after you hear what rolls off my tongue?

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Posted by InclineSmoker on 06/04/2010 at 7:39 PM

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