Holiday a moment to honor sacrifices for our freedoms
For 92 years, Nov. 11 has been observed throughout the United States as a day with special significance.
For 46 years, it was known as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the cessation of hostilities between the Allies and Germany and the signing of the armistice ending World War I.
Then, on June 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill designating Nov. 11 as a national holiday known as Veterans Day, to honor veterans of all wars.
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From Bunker Hill in 1775 to Afghanistan in 2010 and a lot of places in between, men and women have risked their lives while defending and preserving the lofty principles of liberty and justice upon which this nation was founded.
Many of them paid the supreme sacrifice. When duty demanded, those men and women, ignoring the risks, responded as true patriots always do. Every citizen of this country — known as the land of the free and the home of the brave — owes them a tremendous debt.
Nov. 11 is more than a day to relax and get away from work. It should be a somber time to pause and think about the fact that there are those in our midst who fought, and some died, so we night enjoy those inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Those brave and patriotic citizens are reminders that freedom is a precious possession and its cost is beyond calculation.
In this season of elastic truth, when the public derives its "knowledge" from popular media rather than serious, unbiased scholarship, it's important to correct the record, no matter how trivial the source, when it strays so far from reality.
In the Oct. 17 comics section, Beetle Bailey declares, "This is the anniversary of the British General Cornwallis surrendering. It was a very important event. It was 1781. The end of the war with England."
Cornwallis did surrender in 1781, but the revolution dragged on for two more years, during which New York City remained occupied by British troops, the colonies were bankrupt and the Continental Army was on the brink of mutiny.
Only by the grace of King George III, who, like a future U.S. president, faced political revolt at home over an unpopular foreign war, did the 13 colonies survive to form the United States of America (another chapter in their history most Americans do not know).
James Kemper Millard
Lexington History Museum Inc.
Review fair enough
Responding to a letter about Rich Copley's review of Secretariat: I must remind that writer it was just a review and the opinion of one person.
To say the reviewer may be suffering from some sort of mental problem is just unfair and beyond common decency. It was a Disney movie and one should expect "sweet scenes."
I admit to being misty-eyed through the whole movie. I am of the opinion that a poll of the audience would find it not being repugnant or insulting but rather to remind us how delightful it is to go to a movie that isn't full of loud explosions and weird special effects. One man's opinion.
The indictment of public housing authorities, stated in the Associated Press story "Mismanagement widespread in public housing" (Oct. 29), is based on the fact that 4.4 percent of all public housing authorities in the United States have been designated as "troubled" by HUD.
Although the Lexington Public Housing Authority is not mentioned in the AP story, you have, by implication, included it in the titled indictment.
Unlike public housing, I wonder if you are aware that more than 20 percent of all businesses, across all industries, could be characterized as "troubled" at any given time, based on mismanagement, even in good times?
Newspapers stand out as one of the best examples of this problem.
If reason prevailed
I want to express my appreciation for your Campaign '10 Watchdog coverage this election season.
In contrast to the prevailing atmosphere of mean-spirited, self-serving, political posturing, I long for an environment in which our nation can pursue a reasoned civil dialogue on issues of concern to the future of our great republic.
A dialogue characterized by mutual respect, insightfulness, integrity, creativity and wisdom.
Thomas L. Scott
We have discovered in the past few years that no one with money or power — banks, Wall Street and the housing industry, to name a few — can police themselves.
It is obvious our elected officials and those opposing them are also incapable of policing their own. I have a few ideas before the next elections I would like to share.
The first is a way to opt out of robo and polling calls. I do not want to be called at 8 p.m. to see if recent television ads have convinced me to vote for someone, and I wonder how many cell phones rang during church time as mine did.
The second and probably the most radical is regarding false campaign allegations. If a candidate has aired or publicized three ads against his opponent that are proven untrue, he or she should be forced to drop out of the race.
It galls me that false ads continue to run even after being proven wrong. If you are going to lie before you even get into office, what is going to happen after you are elected?
I do not know how to make this happen. I am sure those running for office would fight it to the bitter end, but there must be someone out there who has the integrity to make this a reality.
Better use of money
What makes me madder than anything is the billions of dollars spent on commercials and ads to get elected when this money could have gone straight to us poor people.
Not until the poor working class registers to vote and elects its own kind will it overcome the establishment.
I hope you poor people have learned a lesson from the Tea Party and grass-roots movements. If we can come together to elect from the poor working class, then we can overcome the establishment rich Tea Partiers, grass roots, the educated and the Republicans.
KFC's new advertising campaign of billboarding coeds for their "bunless" sandwich is borderline brilliant. My hunch is that a local fan company may well be kicking themselves in the rear for not thinking of the ploy.