Ruling odious

Falsely claiming an award is no longer a crime under the Stolen Valor Act.

Overshadowed by the recent health-care ruling, the Supreme Court also ruled June 28 that it was OK to lie about military awards and decorations. The court ruled that freedom of speech allows people to claim they have won awards for valor in the military, even when they have not.

I think this ruling is bad for national security. If the nation does not value the integrity of its awards, why should the recipients?

Tom Sutherland

Augusta

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