Meaningful Memorial Day
To the editor: The Memorial Day rain may have stopped the parade in Elmore, but it did not dampen the people’s spirits.
Woodmore High School was opened and the activities took place there, carrying out Elmore's Memorial Day activities. No, the sun was not shining and the morning was somber, giving each one attending more of a Memorial Day feeling about the loss of loved ones that have fought and died for our country.
We are so appreciative of everyone who made last-minute changes to have a very meaningful Memorial Day Ceremony.
Betty Marlow Miller
To the editor: It is nice to know that in these times, there are very caring and generous people.
We would like to thank the person or persons who paid for our parents’ meal at Applebee's on May 17. Our parents are elderly – 87 and 90 – and still enjoy going out to eat. When they went to pay their bill, the waitress told them that it had been taken care of and that the person had left.
It was a very nice thing for someone to do and we personally would like to thank them for their thoughtfulness.
Nancy and Bill Wilson
Making a difference
To the editor: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Mister Rogers
Most of the time, you don’t see all the helpers on the news; they are the heroic individuals who donate their time and/or support the fundraising efforts. For example, there were many heroes on a chilly Saturday morning on May 11.
Despite the 46 degree temperature, a few Clay High School Volunteer Focus members sponsored a car wash to raise money for Vail Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center. There were many heroes that morning – from the students who washed cars to Advance Auto Parts who donated all the supplies, to those who made donations to have their car(s) washed, to those who just made donations.
There are a lot of “helpers” that you never see. It was so heartfelt and touching to listen to stories of how Vail Meadows has helped family members, stories of friendships with the horses and the Vail family. There were donations made, both large and small; one individual was on her way to visit family in the hospital and still took time to stop and make a donation.
Another gentleman offered to buy the volunteers hot chocolate. When he told the McDonald’s employee what he was doing, the manager at the McDonald’s on Woodville Road donated not only hot chocolate, but French fries and burgers too for all the volunteers. Advance Auto Parts also matched a purchase made by this same individual of additional cleaning supplies.
Clay High School Volunteer Focus Members would like to say thank you to all the “helpers” who took time out of their busy day to “pay it forward.” No matter what your donation, you really make a difference.
Secretary, Clay High School
Liberty is lost
To the editor: While I was reading our “friendly, neighborhood newspaper,” I came across a letter to the editor titled “Wrong on many levels,” submitted by Albert Kapustar. His letter was a response to a letter submitted by Mary Jo Thieman Bosch the week before. I have a few thoughts and opinions on this matter, upon which I will opine.
First of all, Mr. Kapustar makes it perfectly clear where he stands with his political beliefs, as did Bosch did the week before. However, I see a big difference on how the two support their beliefs. Mrs. Bosch explained her beliefs very clearly and well without bashing anyone in the process. She doesn’t believe that two people of the same gender should be allowed to be married. She never stated that she “hated” or even disliked someone for being gay. She then backed up her argument with her religious beliefs, which is still guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Mr. Kapustar started his response civilly until mocking religion by calling Mrs. Bosch’s religion “outdated.” He then continued bashing Republicans, which Mrs. Bosch never claimed to be, calling them greedy, and blaming broken unions and mass poverty on them.
If this weren’t enough, he also believes that Republicans are animals who love torture and go around shooting kids with their guns. Oh and I forgot to mention that Republicans are all racist, sexists homophobes who hate liberals, accordingly to Mr. Kapustar.
I consider myself a Conservative, who typically votes Republican. I know many Conservative/Republicans and cannot say that Mr. Kapustar’s view on them is even remotely accurate. I have many Liberal/Democrat friends as well and I would never speak of them the way Mr. Kapustar did of Republicans. I have respect for human life and will do my best to defend liberty, equality and justice for all.
Wrong on many levels, Mr. Kapustar? Yes it is. From your letter I can see that there is much anger and hatred, but it is not from Mrs. Bosch, religion or a political party. The anger and hatred comes when individuals cannot or will not respect another’s opinion. Every American has the right to freely express him or herself and to debate issues. However, when the debate ends in name calling and no offer of an alternative solution, the debate is lost.
Then liberty is lost.
Joel M. Mann