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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Patriots take over for Blue Angels

Blue Angels can’t be replaced

The Patriots Jet Team head straight toward the photographer during their Saturday demonstration over Lake Washington. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

The Patriots Jet Team head straight toward the photographer during their Saturday demonstration over Lake Washington. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

While watching the Patriots Jet Team perform this weekend, I thought of the lyrics to a song by Sting: “You could say I’d lost my belief in our politicians. They all seemed like game show hosts to me.” [“Patriots paint the sky,” page one, Aug. 3.]

While the Patriots did a fine job, they are not the Blue Angels. It is sad that there are political games being played. The Blue Angels’ operating budget is tiny in comparison to entire Navy budget.

The Blue Angels have international recognition for their dedication and loyalty to America. Every member of the Blue Angels team is a representative of the fighting men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

Watching them perform made me proud to be an American.

Alan Basile, Lynnwood

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