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Letter: Kennedy cover-up ugly part of U.S. history

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To the editor:

In the fall of 1960, I stood on the street corner of Minnesota and Lynhurst in Indianapolis and watched John F. Kennedy drive past. Only a few yards away, he didn’t look at me, but waved and smiled to a nearby woman who was holding a “Nixon” sign. Maybe if I had been old enough to pull the lever, he might have looked my way. Three years later, he was dead.

Officially, Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman, but the general consensus is much different. In either case, that was the day when the democratic process in this country was reversed. President (Lyndon B.) Johnson, so afraid America would appear to be a third-rate banana republic, forced the creation of a federal investigation into the assassination. The merits of that Warren Report are still in doubt, but there is an old saying that a mule is really a horse designed by a committee.

The question of whomever pulled the trigger on President Kennedy in Dallas is almost an unimportant and probably a diversionary attempt to confuse the issue. The real unasked and unanswered question is, why did this country’s leadership go to such great lengths to ignore critical facts in the assassination?

It’s a fact President Kennedy scared a lot of people, from things he said in his inaugural speech, to economics, to Cuba. It’s all part of our history, and so is the cover-up.

James R. Slater


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