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Letters to the Editor- Jan. 31

January 30, 2011

Hijinks on high seas aren't unusual

To the editor:

I find it interesting that these Navy videos are now surfacing some three to four years later. For those of you who have never been to sea, allow me to enlighten how it is being weeks at sea when all you do is stand watches, work when not on watch, eat and sleep. There is not much else you can do.

I remember when we crossed the international date line. For those of us who never crossed before we were to be initiated, and people dressed up in crazy outfits. Some were in women's clothes and some dressed like Neptune, Davy Jones, etc.

I cannot tell you what happened for sure, because I had to stand watch. But I am entered into the Ream of The Golden Dragon. No, we did not have have women aboard back then. It was not until 1985 before they were on board. What I do see is them trying to build morale by clowning around.

We do not know if they were in a war zone or what the atmosphere was on the ship at the time. What happens on a ship at sea during war should stay on board. But I guess the news media could not find anything else to print. But it sure would be nice to read or hear about the good things that happened.

I don't see what happened as any different on the USS Enterprise. What I do see is that someone got mad at now Capt. Honors and is trying to ruin a man who served his country. It does not take much to have someone try to get you when you have 4,000 to 5,000 personnel aboard a ship.

Don Muffley


Support has been a help

To the editor:

My family would like to thank the many people who have shown such an outpouring of love, prayers and offers of assistance to all of us after the devastating fire that destroyed my parents' home this month.  

It is overwhelming to think about starting over from scratch after losing everything that has taken a lifetime to build.  But it will come, step-by-step.  

We thank God that they are safe, strong in their faith and that our family is so very close.  The road ahead seems very long at present, so please continue with your prayers. As my mother keeps saying, the support being offered, already, is "just amazing."

Diana Ritenour Ratliff

Fairfield, Pa.

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