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Veterans Day is special and should be preserved



Published: Thu, November 8, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



EDITOR:

This Veterans Day, we commemorate the bravery of those Americans who left their families, jobs and futures to fight for their country wherever they were needed. Many did not return. You can find them in cemeteries in the United States, Europe and Pacific Islands. Many others returned scarred for life by wounds and mental torment. It is to all of them who ventured forward when called, to whom we owe an everlasting debt of gratitude.

Veterans Day marks the day the peace treaty was signed ending World War I. At 11 A.M. that November 11, 1917, a moment of silence was proclaimed throughout our nation. More soldiers died in WWI than any previous war in the history of our country; but World War II was just around the corner. After WWII, our veterans wanted November 11 to be the day to honor all men and women who died in wars in which Americans fought.

We are reminded during the observance of Veterans Day of what our fighting soldiers accomplished to uphold and preserve our American heritage -- freedom, liberty and our national security. On a day dedicated to patriotism, we express our humble gratitude for the gifts we have received through the sacrifices of our fighting men and women of all our wars. Further, Congressional efforts to undermine Veterans Day by holding election day on Nov. 11 must be immediately curtailed.

VINCENT J. DORIA

Youngstown

X The writer is service officer of American Legion Post 565.

Racism isn't unique to Valley or to one race

EDITOR:

I have an opinion in response to Ian Hill's opinion column on "racism in the valley."

Mr. Hill says he grew up in an affluent, mostly white suburb of an eastern city. I wonder why it is mostly white and what was said in the privacy of those homes about those other races. I can surmise it went on the lines of, "Boy I'm glad I live in this mostly white suburb away from the riff-raff of those, you know, other people.

Welcome to the real world, Mr. Hill. Name calling between the races has been going on since the homo sapiens outlived the Neanderthals and will continue to go on. Your making an issue of it in the Mahoning Valley will not make it go away.

Next time try reporting racism without bias. Go to all the neighborhoods in the Valley (not the mostly white) and listen to what one race has to say about the other.

IAN McALEER

Cortland

There are enough laws, not enough enforcement

EDITOR:

I just saw on television that we may get another law to protect animals. We have enough laws now, if they are enforced.

Our neighbor, Dave Moff, had his cows beaten and cut up, but when going to court the three charged said they were not guilty. How did police catch them? They were caught because they left all kinds of clues. But the case was continued.

The animal activists have never said a word about this case as far as I know. But if it involves a dog or cat, everybody is up in arms.

This is my neighbor's livelihood, and he has lost thousands of dollars, but nobody cares about this.

I think our courts are so unfair sometimes it is pitiful.

EARL BAKER

Canfield




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