No one's perfect

June 24, 2013 

Jim Walter's frequent letters remind me of an arcade game called Whac-A-Mole. Little "moles" poke their ugly heads up out of their holes with the object being to smack them with a mallet before they can descend back into the safety of their burrows. Game on when Walters attacks the military.

I don't know how an Army veteran like Walters, who confessed that he was stationed in Germany and was "proudly supporting the bars and brothels" there, can have the gall to highlight the despicable sexual abuse/assaults being experienced within the military's ranks today. Isn't that pretty hypocritical?

I served 40-plus years in the military and know that life in uniform is not perfect but is largely a microcosm of life in the civilian sector. As they'd tell you over at Eckert's farm, you're gonna get a few bad apples in each bushel.

In my time in uniform I met, interacted and worked for and with countless more "heroes" than sexual predators. Don't condemn all for the sins of the few.

Without exception. every member of the military, past and present, came from the civilian world so it's not a character flaw that the military created. The military culture has unfortunately shown to be fertile ground for such character flaws to germinate and flourish.

I believe military leaders can and will figure out how to eliminate this social stain but it will take time and effort to change a culture.

As for Walters, I offer words of advice I found in an old book I'm reading: "The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone."

Bill Malec

O'Fallon