I received in my mail today a copy of your August 21st newspaper and was deeply touched by the letter that stated that the Woodstock Festival was, quote, “an infamous spectacle and an orgy.”
I am at the time serving military duty in Thailand and do know as a fact that the Festival received publicity worldwide. I just heard of it on our base television network, then came an article in the Pacific Stars and Stripes and I was really surprised to see something in a Bangkok newspaper. Nothing actually seemed to disgrace the U.S. or Sullivan County.
The facts were told of many people showing up over the estimated number and the need for food and supplies, but there were no disgracing facts about it.
I am 21 years old and to me this was the greatest thing that happened to Sullivan County, at least since I was born. If I had been in the States I would have made every effort for my wife and I to attend this event.
I, too, would have arrived with my wife and I in bell bottoms and sandals and we probably would have been called “Hippies.” To attend would surely be our “thing.”
As for stating that this so called outrage threatens the basic structure of our society, this gentleman must be speaking for himself. There was no outrage. What was seen was an example of “our” society. We had peace and understanding. What does he have?
Let us put down the white wash brushes and do give some straight answers. If a spectacle is the issue that people want, let’s take a look. It’s not my generation sending dollars into Vietnam and other hotspots; it’s not my generation sending troops there either. Is it my generation calling for all the taxes? Who was it that made headlines because they wouldn’t recognize people because they were a different color.
Somebody had better straighten out their spectacles and then take a look at ours. I don’t think our “peace and understanding” looked so bad after all.
George R Simmons
Republican Watchman, September 11, 2013