Monday, May 29, 2017

A Time to Remember

So many of us were able to enjoy the weekend and today Memorial Day is a bonus day of delight, barbecues, picnics along with family/friend gatherings and dodging the rain drops as least in my area.

In my youth, The celebration of Memorial Day was different. It was a day of remembrance, honor, and appreciation of those who died in the service to our nation. We had our gatherings too, but they were always after a parade.

I lived in a small village and parades were loosely organized. School bands marched playing Souza’s tunes and the service anthems. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts marched in uneven lines as the local fife and drum corps headed up the volunteer firemen and a police contingent. The Ladies Auxiliary from the VFW posts marched too. They always seem to strut with a grace that the vets couldn’t muster.

My friends and I rode our bikes festooned with red, white and blue crinkled crepe paper woven in the wheel spokes. We inserted a piece of cardboard attached to the bike frame into the spokes. It rattled like a motor as the wheel turned. We kids would ride between the marching groups; little American flags taped to our handlebars fluttered in the peddled breezes.

The guests of honor were always the veterans. Some wore their old uniforms and proudly displayed battle and campaign ribbons. Tight fitting uniforms never kept the bulges of time from being noticeable. Their step, however, was proud as they kept their eyes ahead and heads held high.

The veteran contingents marched together by the war in which they served. In my small town in central New York, the largest groups at that time were the vets from World War Two; that war had ended only a few years earlier. Then came the doughboys from World War One. They were older and fewer. The oldest veterans, two from the Spanish-American War rode in a convertible at the head of the parade. The next year they were gone, and a Medal of Honor recipient rode at the head of the parade.

The parade ended at a local monument honoring all those from the area who died in war. Their names were embossed in bas-relief bronze on a plaque bolted to chiseled granite.

Memorial Day Celebrations in those days engendered a reverence for the fallen. Even as youngsters we felt a connection to those who had passed. We all knew someone whose Father didn’t come home, and we all stood straight and still for Taps.

Little did we know then that Korea, Quemoy and Matsu, Vietnam, Iraq one, Grenada and Iraq two and Afghanistan and so many other places would follow, and there would be new war veterans marching to honor the fallen.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful that in some future time Memorial Day would have no new names to remember?

Monday, May 15, 2017


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Friday, May 12, 2017

The FBI Firing Fall Out

The political pundits are having a free-for-all in their discussions of the President and the Comey firing.

The analysis is one thing, and it is based on one’s experience and intellect. Viewers or listeners will accept and support what is said depending on their personal and political preferences, not necessarily on the known facts.

The truth always lies below analysis and above the ascertainable facts in the reportorial process of the media. Investigative diligence from both the news media and the FBI is essential. The truth will always emerge from solid reporting and investigation. One will bring truth to the public and the other exoneration or charges in a court of law.

There is another item that needs to be exposed or at least talked about. It is the question of demand loyalty from those in power. It is reported and acknowledged that Mr. Trump requires loyalty to him and his vision of America.

To me any loyalty pledged is to the republic, and not to the person in power.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Where we stand!

The USA is morphing into something that would be foreign to our founders because theyh found a way of disagreements.

It does not matter whether one is a democrat or a republican. It does not matter if we choose to be a conservative or a liberal. What matters is our commonality based on our belief in the rule of law. That is what a republic is.

Right now we have contention in all aspects of our collective society. Respect for different shades of opinion is missing.

Democrats choose policies and arguments favorable to their political thinking.
Republicans choose policies and arguments favorable to their political thinking.
Conservatives want less to be the national base.
Liberals want more to be the national base.

What each of us, no matter our thinking, no matter our personal or party preference, must choose what is best for our “Republic, ” or we may crumble the foundation of our democracy.

Congressmen and women choose not for your party. Choose only for the Republic, for the rule of law. Neighbors and families in political disagreement choose not for your singularity of want, but for our commonality of life and living.

We have pledged allegiance to the republic which stands for the United States of America. Let us stand united and acknowledge with respect the diversity within our oneness.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trump fires Comey

Trump fires Comey:

If you are doing what every citizen is supposed to do, you are listening and reading everything you can on this issues to make a fair and logical conclusion, but as history and nature will attest most will not do so.

I’m not going into this, but I do ask reluctantly rhetorically.

What would Ed Morrow and Fred Friendly do with this story?

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Congressional Rich

Over two-thousand years ago a man said, “forgive them for they know not what they do.”

What happened yesterday in the House of Representatives should invoke those words again.

The poor, the elderly, the ill and so many others would lose affordable health care if the Trump care bill were to become law in its current form. It is unlikely that will happen, but just for the record. The Republican majority voted for the largest redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich in the history of this country.

The reason, “they know not what they do” is part of this post is that most, if not all, but a few, ever read the bill for which they voted.

We will see if "forgiven" is in the national mindset when the mid-term elections take place in 2018.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A sad day to remember!

May 4th. It is a sad day in American history. It is a distasteful memory and inimical to the liberty for which we stand. However, there are profound lessons in the remembering.

1970 Kent State, a college in Ohio. It was a time of volatile tension and confrontation in this country over our involvement in Vietnam. It was a moment of regrettable action in our history. Four young lives were lost when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of anti-war protesters.

Dissent, through the right of assembly, is a guaranteed freedom of our constitution, but on that day frazzled nerves and ambient fear prevailed, and tragic mistakes happened.

Democracy, for those who practice it and for those who seek it, can sometimes be painful in its quest for fulfillment.

Russia knows it.
Lithuania knows it.
Poland knows it.
Hungary knows it.
The students of China’s Tiananmen Square know it, and Kent State knows it.

Perhaps proof that the four students did not die in vain is the fact that America remembers a terrible event in the continuing expression of freedom and demand that it never happen again.

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