This month’s episode of “The Public Square” focuses on Arlington’s experience with the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The show is hosted by School Committee member Jeff Thielman.
The program includes interviews with four veterans with differing opinions on the U.S. invasion – Major Mark Stachelski, a 1989 graduate of Arlington High School who served in Afghanistan, Jim Bailey, a veteran of Iraq who is a member of the Arlington Fire Department, and Ian LaVallee, a 2002 graduate of Arlington High School who is a leader in the local chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. The show also includes an interview with an Arlington resident who after a 30-year military career began working as a private contractor in Iraq.
Other interviews include one with Colin Campbell, a 2008 graduate of Arlington High School who organized an effort to collect care packages for the troops, Theresa Corbett whose son is preparing to leave for the War, and several members of Arlington’s United for Peace with Justice group, which holds weekly vigils in town in an effort to end the war.