Reserve sacred honors for heroes

Reserve sacred honors for heroes

As A veteran I saw and expe- rienced a humiliation and disregard to our fallen military heroes.

I was at the Indy 500 race, where Taps were played while the car of a driver who perished in an accident last year was driven slowly around the track.

Taps is very sacred. No matter how great of a man he was, he was a race car driver not one who perished in battle or served our country. And, worst of it all, he was British.

When Dale Earnhardt perished in an accident the Air Force flew the missing man formation. These are not American heroes, they are professional drivers who risk their lives for money and glory, not for their country.

This should be appalling to any current armed forces member, veteran and relatives of veterans, especially those who have sacrificed their lives for this country.

How could our generals permit this outrageous use of such a personal and honorable homage.

Alfred J. Yacopi, Youngstown

We need another media blitz

A recent letter in this space by a fellow Austintowner lauded our local news media for its role in the successful promotion of the Walmart Hunger campaign. I wish to add a tip of my dusty, old hard hat to them.

Also, I would like to challenge this same group of articulate ladies and gentlemen to take up the cause of Trumbull County’s Karl Hoerig. You remember Maj. Hoerig don’t you? He is the Air Force Reserve pilot shot and killed five years ago, allegedly by his Brazilian-U.S. citizen wife, Claudia.

On April 22, an editorial in The Vindicator suggested that President Obama be reminded of the political consequences in November of ignoring this five-year-old murder case.

Isn’t the murder of one of Ohio’s finest worthy of a media blitz similar to the Fighting Hunger effort? I think Ms. Claudia has some explaining to do.

Don Balser, Austintown