To the editor:

I would like to extend my thanks to the Brownwood Bulletin and, in particular, reporter Candace Cooksey Fulton, for their outstanding coverage of the Veterans for Peace speaking engagement (“Veterans bring message of peace to Brownwood,” Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007). The article was thoughtful and informative, and captured the often heart-wrenching personal testimonies of military veterans Doug Zachary and Hart Viges.

I wish to thank, also, with great respect and admiration, Police Chaplain and Brownwood City Council member Dave Fair for leading the audience in opening prayer. One of his selections was from the “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi,” which begins “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.” I cannot think of a more spiritually uplifing and profoundly relevant message during this holiday season. These words speak to everyone.

Brad Confer