Letters to the Editor - Sept. 24

September 24, 2012

Men and women who serve country are heroes

To the editor:

There were different battles of war in which our military men and women served and died. There are different branches of military. There are currently people serving overseas; some veterans have already served. My daughter has served for one year overseas.

The military men and women carried with them a symbol of being a proud American to serve their country. If our flag could talk and tell us stories of where it has been, and the current places. The Liberty Bell rang out for our freedom. Our soldiers fought that we here in the U.S. could have our freedom without war, where some countries don’t have freedom.

The Statue of Liberty stands for a better life and lifestyle here in America. Our ancestors came over to have a better life and lifestyle. Our men and women soldiers were glad to see the statue when they came back from serving overseas, where they fought so we can have a safe country to live in.
The soldiers served their country well and were proud to serve. Some were very young. It changed their lives and lifestyles.

When the military men and women got on the airplane to go to Afghanistan or Iraq, some were crying to have to leave their families and friends. Some may have seen their loved ones for the last time. Their families and friends were worried about them. They had Jesus’ blessing with them.

When they arrived at their destination, they hopped to it and did their jobs well. Some were injured, some gave their all. Some arrived home in a casket with a U.S. flag on top, which should have a note saying: “I’m home in spirit with my loved one. I was proud to serve my country and be with Jesus in the heavenly sky.”

Some came home with amputations. Some came home with mental trauma. We are not to give up. We need to call and write to our politicians to bring our troops home and have a day of prayer. When they arrive home, have a good meal, a parade, memorial, hire them or praise a job well done. They have done for us, it’s time we do more for them. They are our heroes.

You can contribute to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Information can be found at


Barinda Golden

Obama didn’t keep his promise to Janesville

To the editor:

I was dismayed to read the editorial of Sept. 16 where a local partisan Democrat commented on supposed lies by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. What Paul Ryan actually said on the campaign trail and what this partisan claims are worlds apart. You see, I don’t just take the spinmeister’s word for it, I check the Fact Checker who checks the Fact Checkers.

Why don’t you quit dancing around the issue with fanciful words and just state what Ryan actually said about the closing of his hometown auto plant. Are you afraid that if you quote Ryan verbatim you’ll lose your argument? Quote it and let the people decide for themselves if what Obama said that day amounts to a promise or not.

Here is Ryan’s quote: “My home state voted for Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: I believe that if our government is there to support you ... this plant will be here for another 100 years.” 

Obama went on to say if elected he would support retooling the plant to make energy-efficient vehicles. Sounds like a promise to me; if I become president, I will make sure this plant continues to operate. 

Also, your statement that the plant closed before Obama took office is another fabrication. Check the facts before you demagogue. The facts are the plant continued operations into 2009 after Obama was elected. Obama had ample time in his first year in office to make good on his promise, but he failed to do so. Turns out Paul Ryan was factual in his assertion.

B. Gunder
Waynesboro, Pa.

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