Perspective offered on ROTC on campus

To the editor:

I read the recent story about Brown University reinstating the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC.) It brought back memories of when I was a freshman at Brown and was recruited to lead the student mobilization to eliminate ROTC from campus.

I was proud to be successful but not proud that on my first public appearance in front of the media I froze and needed help. Lesson learned.

Another lesson learned is that times change and while I am still an activist for peace and social causes, I do not oppose this change. It is important, however, that our country not repeat the mistakes of the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

Steve Cowell, Tyringham