For justice's sake every day should be 'Law Day'
May 1 is designated as Law Day and celebrated by lawyers and judges throughout the nation to remind all citizens of the principles of justice that are the cornerstone of our American law.
It is unfortunate that only yesterday is designated as "Law Day." Obviously, citizens, lawyers, and judges should keep these principles uppermost at all times. The motto emblazoned on the Mahoning County Courthouse reads, "A nation cannot outlive justice. Where law ends, tyranny begins."
This week the Mahoning County Bar Association conducts a variety of activities for school children to enhance their understanding of law and citizenship. Judges and lawyers appeared at high schools throughout the Valley to teach government classes for the day.
Law Day was conceived in 1957 by Charles S. Rhyne, a former president of the American Bar Association. When President Eisenhower established Law Day by presidential proclamation in 1958 he said: "It is fitting that the American people should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law ... It is our moral and civic obligations as free men and as Americans to preserve and strengthen that great heritage." In 1961 the 1st of May was set aside by joint resolution of Congress as a special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and their reaffirmation of the loyalty to the United States of America and as an occasion for rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law.
The purpose of Law Day is to call the attention of every American citizen to both the principals and the practice of American law and justice.
It is also a day for citizens to consider their duties: to be informed on government and community affairs; to support and encourage efforts to modernize our courts; to vote in elections; to support those institutions and persons charged with law enforcement; to respect the rights of others; to practice and teach the principals of good citizenship in our home; and to serve on juries and as court witnesses, if called upon.
The citizens of Mahoning County should take heart that the law is alive and well in the Mahoning Valley.
TED MACEJKO Jr.
X The writer is president of the Mahoning County Bar Association.
MDA shamrock program did well in Youngstown
Even the leprechauns are green with envy over Youngstown's response to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. Many thanks to the thousands of people who donated to MDA and signed paper shamrocks in businesses in February and March. Their generous participation in Shamrocks will help MDA continue to provide families affected by neuromuscular diseases in our community with valuable services.
As one of many who has a loved one affected by a neuromuscular disease, I'm genuinely grateful for the caring support of customers and employees at convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants and other retailers in Youngstown.
The 18th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign raised more than $10 million nationally. Locally, these donations will help fund MDA-sponsored research at Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, the Lerner Research Institute, MetroHealth Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Columbus.
On behalf of the millions of Americans affected in some way by the more than 40 diseases covered by MDA -- thank you -- and may St. Patrick bless you all year long.
MDA Shamrocks Against Dystrophy