What’s in a name?
To the editor: When I was a child and teen, our meals were called breakfast, dinner and supper.
Around 1950 or 1951, restaurants started to advertise their evening meal as dinner, not supper. So, our meals became breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch had been a meal that we packed in a brown paper bag or a lunchbox and ate at school or work. If we worked the afternoon shift, we ate our lunch at 6 p.m. and if we worked the night shift, we ate our lunch at 2 a.m. Brunch became a late in the morning breakfast. Supper became an after dinner sack.
Am I correct on this memory, or was this just my East Toledo Birmingham neighborhood vocabulary?
Let me remind you that the famous painting of Jesus and his apostles is called – “The Last Supper.”
District gets an “F”
To the editor: An announcement was made over the loud speakers at Clay High School that the Red Cross blood drive was cancelled due to Red Cross employees striking.
Paid non-union employees of the Red Cross were scheduled to staff the drive and collect the pint of blood. I suspect the true reason was this administration and board of education decided they wanted to show their support for the striking workers.
It is here in the class of “citizenship” where the Oregon School District receives the grade of “F.” In citizenship class, one is taught that to be a good citizen, one must give up his personal agenda for the good of the whole. In this case, someone may have been denied the life-saving pint of blood because it is was not available.
Oregon schools should have chosen a different venue in which to show support for striking employees of the Red Cross. This was a poor display of leadership and citizenship.
Jim Austermiller, CPA, CFE
A day to remember
To the editor: We are quickly coming upon an important national holiday, Memorial Day. Unfortunately, few Americans truly honor this day appropriately. It is only treated as a day off from work. Some treat it as a day to honor veterans, active duty personnel or a particular branch of the Armed Forces. Each of these has their own day for celebration and we believe that they should be celebrated, especially when it comes to honoring veterans. That is not, nor should it be, the purpose of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day should not be seen as a day to celebrate but a day to honor and morn those men and women who gave of themselves, who gave the ultimate gift to America – their lives. Over the years, Memorial Day has come to honor all deceased veterans. The East Toledo-Oregon Memorial Association tries to do just that and has done so for more than 50 years.
In conjunction with the Oregon Police Department, who serve as escorts, we gather at Willow Cemetery, located on Pickle Road near Woodville Road for a brief ceremony May 28 and laying of a wreath at 9 a.m. We will then travel to St. Johns Cemetery on Seaman Street near Wheeling Street for another ceremony. North Oregon Cemetery, which is located on Otter Creek Road near Corduroy Road, will follow as will St, Ignatius Cemetery on Stadium Road between Corduroy and Seaman Roads.
Our final ceremony, around noon, will be with the Jerusalem Township Fire Department at Oakwood Cemetery, located on Brown Road near Cousino Road.
We truly wish for anyone interested in having a more traditional Memorial Day to attend one or travel with us to all of these ceremonies. These men and women should always be remembered and honored. If it were not for them, our nation would not have the freedoms which we enjoy.
Gary M. Arquette, President