Don't forget or neglect veterans of recent wars
First, a very sincere thank-you to the entire community for the tribute given to our Bruno de Solenni (killed in Afghanistan in 2008) and the condolences given to our family. We believe Bruno is in a better place, free of strife. We miss him terribly, but feel he is still with us in spirit.
My concern is for the surviving veterans and their families. Many of them have physical signs of their wounds that we can see. Others have inner turmoils and scars that still haunt them. Many have both. Their families are challenged by the ongoing demands of caring for them.
I know there are some services available, but I recently spoke with Jerry Cochran to see how we can reach out to these veterans and have community support to see how we can be of some help to them. These persons should not be ignored, nor their needs neglected.
In recent years, I've only seen few veterans of the Mideast wars in
the parade or at the dinner. We want to honor you and your families,
will you please join us Friday?
What was point of terrible 'cleanup' of Hiouchi park?
This letter concerns the current state of the county-owned park in
Hiouchi, up past the Hamlet, at the intersection of Hiouchi Drive and
This fenced place has been enjoyed by residents over the years for
exercise for themselves and their dogs, and the center of this park is a
wetland during the rainy season. At the beginning of November, county
workers showed up and began a "cleanup" of the park.
Please, someone tell me, why all the native undergrowth had to be
removed, even to the extent of leaving entirely bare ground? Why did all
the trees have to be limbed?
Even the duff remaining has been raked up into piles for removal.
Why? Why remove the native huckleberry, oaks, salal, ferns and hazel,
yet leave the alien and invasive English ivy, English holly and pampas
Even the steep slope in one corner has been entirely denuded down to
the bare dirt, which will just erode down the hillside in the winter
rains. Why? Why clear out down to the soil so all of the remaining
vegetation dries out when the soil dries in the long dry summer without
cover, leading to an increased fire hazard?
Why leave bare soil for the invasives to re-seed, which they will,
since the huge clumps of pampas, cotoneaster, blackberries and others
along the highway were not even touched. Why cut the beautiful bright
red mantle of the poison oak off the trees, where it was up out of the
way and served as food and cover for wildlife?
I don't feel any safer now that I can see all the traffic on the
highway, where before it was mercifully screened off, nor do I think the
place better-looking; indeed, it is the scene of an ugly crime. Come
out and see for yourself.
One last thing: Who determined this is how my tax dollars should be spent? No one ever asked me and I live here!
Take time to thank veterans or make a difference for them
Ninety-three years ago, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11
Armistice Day to remember the end of WWI and the veterans who served in
it. While the holiday is now recognized as Veterans Day, the day's
purpose remains the same: to celebrate and commemorate the bravery and
sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.
This year marks a particularly special Veterans Day as President
Obama just recently announced the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Over
the last 10 years, the war in Iraq has claimed the lives of thousands
of veterans serving this great nation.
It is easy to overlook the role that veterans play each day in
America, but impossible to forget the ones who made the ultimate
So while you and your family enjoy a day off, do not forget the real
reason you are able to relax. Take a moment to stop and thank a veteran
or contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post for ways to make a
difference in veterans' lives on Veterans Day and throughout the year.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Food manufacturers are charging us more for less
After giving it much thought, I felt like I should be able to voice my opinion.
I have now been a "senior citizen" for a few years and my husband and
I are living on a fixed income. We are blessed that we are pretty much
debt-free, but for how much longer, I don't know.
When we went to school, three pounds was 48 ounces, one quart was 32
ounces and a half-gallon was two quarts. I could go on and on, but I am
sure you get my drift of it.
Who do the manufacturers think they are fooling when packages keep
shrinking, yet we are paying the price of what the ounces used to be? If
they get any smaller, we will be paying for just a cute, fancy
container. It is nice that they give you the breakdown on the price you
are paying by the ounce, but maybe they should compare it to what we
were paying a year ago. Yet we are led to believe that it sure looks
like what we used to buy.
Give me a break. I don't blame the grocers. They just sell the
product. It is the manufacturers. They are trying to fool our eyes into
believing that we are still getting the same quantity. They just keep
taking a little bit more out and reshaping the containers so one thinks
they were the same as they were a few years ago.
Look at coffee. For those of you who can remember, a No. 3 can was 48
ounces. It is now down to 32-35 ounces. Big difference. But the price
is the same or higher than a 3-pound can was a few years ago and the
container just got shorter but wider. No doubt, to fool the public eyes.
This is so misleading to us consumers. Do they think we are all a
bunch of idiots and can't see the difference? Wake up, Americans. It is
happening to all of us.