Recent stories illustrate that we're going down hill fast
Some of the stories I've read in The Vindicator lately have made me want to throw up. (I'm trying to be nice.)
Here are just four examples:
1. The father and daughter insurance team who were so greedy and cold hearted, that they buffaloed hundreds of people out of their money --some their life savings. These two were people who were supposed to be upstanding people of the community, or so we thought.
2. Just maybe if someone cared just a little more, 49 people could have been saved on that airplane in Kentucky. John Nance-pilot and aviation analyst, said after all 49 passengers were killed: "you clear him for take-off and that's the end of it. It's not the duty of the controller to baby-sit every flight." How cold. If I'm wrong, I'm sorry, but the greed and cold hearts out there are making me sick.
3. Radio Shack in Texas used e-mail to fire 400 workers. Professor in management Derrick D'Souza said: "It could be seen as dehumanizing to employees." No kidding. A lot of workers have been and are being treated like just another number. Zero at that. This has to stop. In defense of Mr. D'Souza, he did say, "If I put myself in their shoes, I'd say, "Didn't they have a few minutes to tell me?" Duh. They don't care. Wake up, people.
4. This takes the cake -- Stealing flag holders made of brass and copper from the graves of men and women who served their country, and probably saved your butts. Stealing from the cemetery is as low as you can get.
Thank God there are good people out there giving their all. Keep it up and we will win the battle. To the judge who gives down the sentence when these no goods are found: Take them down to the recruitment center and sign them up.
Remember when loving one another and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you meant something? Let's get back to those days.
I've been told to turn off the television and stop reading the newspapers. That won't make our problems go away. Burying our heads in the sand may help for awhile, but then you must come up for air. I fear its too late, but pray everyday that its not.
There's no 'ex' in Marine
In a recent article about two ex-Marines' heroic acts at the Twin Towers in New York, I dislike the news media always using the "ex" in front of the servicemen's name and branch of service.
If the man or woman was discharged under honorable conditions, medically discharged or retired as a service member, then I suggest the word "former" be used. Those two "former" Marines carried out what they were instructed while in U.S.M.C.
Most service members of all branches that I know have a great respect for their time while serving during war or peace.
"You can take the man out of the Corps but you can't take the Corps out of the man.
Semper Fi till we die
Mgy/Sgt. JOHN C. BABYAK, U.S.M.R. (Ret.)
Bridges were worth the wait
I, along with many others I am sure, am glad that work on the Fifth Avenue and Ford Avenue bridges is coming to an end, but it has sure been worth the wait. What a wonderful job was done.
The bridges look great with the red Y on the fencing and the different looking cement work. A job well done.