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Uniform law ready

Posted: August 31, 2009 4:57 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
You know it is such a shame that it takes the California Legislature to enact a bill just to allow a young Marine and/or any other young military person the right to graduate from his/her high school in their chosen military uniform.

Assembly Bill 1463, passed by both houses and awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's signature, will allow them to do just that.

It is also a shame that the spineless Administrator(s) of Saugus High School who did not have the courage to make an exception of this ludicrous policy and go ahead and allow that young Marine (Nicholas Laccabue) to graduate in his Marine Corps uniform without having to go through this political gauntlet.

These men and women who join a military service to serve their country in lands far away and will probably be in harm's way most of the time should not have to go through all the political hand-wringing just to wear their uniform proudly at a graduation.

According to the article in The Signal ("Uniform bill expected to pass," Aug. 20) the decision not to allow him to graduate in his uniform was a school policy, which to means that the principal had the authority to allow the young man to graduate in his uniform if he wanted to.

Just a matter of evaluating the situation and ruling in favor of the Marine (or any other young military person).

For this matter to have to go all the way to Sacramento for a bill to allow uniforms at graduations speaks volumes of the weaknesses of the school administrators. Thanks to Assemblyman Cameron Smyth. It's a good thing that Chesty Puller is not around to hear this.

This has been just one person's opinion (and a former Marine).

To Mr. Nicholas Laccabue, I say, Semper Fi Marine, Ooorah!

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