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Home Opinions/Columns Letters For the week of 5/25/09
For the week of 5/25/09
Written by Press Editorial Staff   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 13:22

The greatest country
To the editor: Each Memorial Day, we Americans take time to recall the sacrifices made by our veterans, and to honor them as heroes. Locally, we choose to do this with parades of “old veterans,” their spouses and widows, service people, our high school bands, members of patriotic organizations, boy and girl scouts and caring citizens.

Some of us who have been in these yearly parades have been appalled at the lack of respect seen for “Old Glory” as she goes by. Some ignore the flag, standing with their heads covered. Seldom do we see anyone at attention with a hand over their heart (except, of course, in the case of a veteran or serviceman or woman – they remember – they know!)

Reading the opinion of retired Maj. Joseph D. Rose, one veteran of the “Greatest Generation,” he said, I think people just say the Pledge of Allegiance” with their lips and don’t take the words into their hearts.” He also said, “If people understand the symbolism of the flag and take to heart the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, they won’t be fooling around with holidays that honor men who fought to make this land free.

Memorial Day is intended to remind us again of those who sacrificed, labored and died to give life to this nation. I’m sure that the flame of freedom burns in everybody’s heart, but some seem to forget.”

Somerset Maugham once said, “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too.”

Come on people – get that lump out of your throat, puff your chest out, take that hat off, put your head over your heart, proudly watch our flag go by as we do honor to those who have given much for our freedom and pray for those in the service today, so that others may enjoy freedom too.

This is the greatest country in the world.
Yvonne Darling
Elmore


Too good to be true
To the editor: A truck pulled in the driveway a few weeks ago on a rainy day. When the driver started his sales pitch, I said, “no thank you,” which brings to mind a memory of this past summer.

I was resting on the porch when a truck pulled into the drive. The driver stated he just made a delivery to a neighbor and had some meat for sale – steaks. He would sell me 32 pounds for $4 a pound. I did purchase the meat. He put it into the freezer and took all the boxes. I asked for the boxes so I could label the meat. When I paid with a check, I wrote the truck plate number down.

After he left, I added the weight up on all the boxes. The total was 18.75 pounds and I paid almost $7 a pound.

I called Oregon police and the officer called (as I also did) and requested he pick up the meat and return my check, which he did.

This is a scam. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Nancy Lewis
Oregon

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