Unsigned apology for unsigned threat

Tension over political sign appears gone

Willi Segeth in his front yard next to the sign he put up.



Willi Segeth can sleep easy again.

After receiving an unsigned, threatening letter in late October in response to a political sign he had posted in his front yard, Segeth said he was going to sit in his garage and wait for the person who wrote it to return. The person who sent it claimed to be a neighbor.

Segeth said he and other retired military personnel have been in the garage of his Redlands home waiting, but the person hasn’t returned.

On Friday, an unsigned letter arrived in the mail, presumably from the same person, apologizing for threatening Segeth.

Segeth said he still doesn’t know who sent the letter, but he was going to accept the apology.

“I appreciate very much that you responded again in a very, very positive way,” he said, intending his words for the person who wrote the letter. “I salute you.”

Segeth served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years.

Segeth received the threatening letter for posting a sign in his front yard that read, “Vets need help. Send Congressional Democrats to Iraq.”

In late October, a handwritten letter Segeth received called him a name and told him freedom of speech didn’t allow him to incite trouble with a sign like that.

On Friday, the second letter arrived, telling Segeth he was “a man of integrity and honor, and you, as I, have constitutional rights of free speech.”

Segeth considers the incident over, but he said he wants the person who wrote it to still come over to his house.

“Maybe I can learn something from him,” Segeth said. “Maybe he can learn something from me.”


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