WWII anniversary and elusive peace
Today is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
On Sunday morning, Sept. 2, 1945, the USS Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay, was visited by Mamoru Shigemitsu, representing the Japanese emperor, and General Yoshijiro Umezu, representing the Japanese military. After a formal greeting, they signed an instrument of surrender and the war ended.
Hope filled the hearts of millions of war-weary people.
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That historic event was 26 years after the armistice that ended World War I, and just seven years before the end of the Korean War. It was 24 years before the end of the Vietnam War. In the last decade of the century the Iraq War raged.
Although World War I was "the war to end all wars," the 20th century can be called the century of conflict. The League of Nations, organized following World War I, was a total failure, and the United Nations, organized following World War II, has done little to eliminate conflict and establish peace.
As we observe this anniversary, a serious question lingers: When will we learn "the things that make for peace?"
Name for new project
Should Lexington's downtown eyesore ever become something else, history should retain a namesake for the site. Regardless of the official CentrePointe name and the current Centre Pit attribution,
"The Dudley" would be appropriate. Eventually, local reference could be simply: The Dud. Conversations might include such statements: "We're staying at The Dud." Or, "I work out of an office at The Dud."
The future permanence may overcome the troubled beginning but a brief reminder via a name: priceless.
Eric L. Hatton
The ongoing liberal movement to "correct" history and keep the working class a permanent underclass found it's full voice July 20 in the op-ed page.
First came Herman Daniel Farrell III of Midway saying he would not ban the movie Gone With The Wind (thank you so much) but shun it.
Absent from his condescending movie critique is notice of the strong, independent African-American roles by.Hattie McDaniel and Everett Brown.
Absent also is the fact that Margaret Mitchell's book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 which indicates a great work of art.
It wasn't meant (especially after David 0. Selznick adapted it) to be politcally correct. It was a movie.
A sweeping, epic, grand movie made for entertainment. It should be watched repeatedly and maybe, just maybe, inspire young people to research that period of time.
And as for Jordan E Mazurek's diatribe right underneath lamenting how terrible it is to make $10.10 a hour, I have this advice: Use this work position and salary as a a starting point. You want more money? Work hard or improve your skill set and then move on to another job.
Respect disabled parking
I am a 100-percent, service-connected disabled veteran with multiple maladies. One requires that I wear oxygen 24/7.
I drive with oxygen but am unable to get out of my car and shop. Many times I drive my caregiver to the store and wait in the parking lot.
Therefore, I am able to see who comes and goes and where they choose to park.
A vast majority of the time, people with no disabled placard, license plate or any obvious disorder park in a handicapped space and run (literally) into the store. This shows no care, no compassion for those who are less fortunate.
Please, take a moment to consider those who can't walk far or at all and try to come up with a good reason as to why you are taking our parking spaces.
Law enforcement does nothing that I have seen. Even an occasional police officer driving through the parking lots could be an effective deterrent.
Why do people just ignore us old veterans? We are the ones who sacrificed for our great country and its people.
Further, we are the living, breathing reminders that freedom isn't free. Please, give us a break and leave the handicapped spaces for those who legally have the right to use them.
Donna D. McClanahan