Debt to war dead
Thanks to Bud Kennedy for his May 29 column on those beautiful cemeteries at Normandy and the D-Day invasion beaches that he visited.
My father was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed. We, his family, were with him.
When the war ended, he was sent to Paris and assigned to the Graves Registration Service. We, his family, were with him.
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This command was responsible for the retrieval, identification, transportation and burial of American war dead.
They would be buried in those beautiful military cemeteries all over Europe or sent home to be buried with their families.
My father later served in Korea and my husband flew a C-130 in Vietnam.
We owe our lives to these men buried in those cemeteries.
I wish the rebellious people of today’s protests would recognize this and honor them as we all should.
We owe a debt of extreme gratitude to these men and women, and we should do our best to let our living military know this and show respect for those who have died.
Duly elected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, riding the crest of his own arrogance, is trying to dictate to the Fort Worth school district, and the Star-Telegram rightfully took exception to his meddling.
But before we get too busy patting ourselves on the back for telling Patrick to mind his own business, let’s not overlook one thing:
A vast majority of the good people of North Texas overwhelmingly helped vote him into office.
What did we expect? When you elect an egomaniac to office, he’s going to act like one.
Norm Petersen, Granbury
Greene and EPA
Richard Greene has again shown his unwarranted dislike of Environmental Protection Agency policies under the Obama administration. (See May 29 column, “Here’s how the EPA gets its reputation as a rogue agency.”)
He tries to paint the EPA as “rogue” organization by using an example of the rogue action of one individual or department.
Unfortunately, this can occur in large organizations. The EPA should strive to eliminate this type of unjust bullying.
The EPA has the very important job of protecting our environment from the harmful pollution and emissions of our industries and reducing our country’s impact on global warming.
The EPA is not “shutting down production of a vital energy source.” It is placing necessary emission regulations on coal production, and coal is losing its price advantage in the marketplace.
Clean energy in the form of wind and solar is growing rapidly and is more than replacing energy lost from shuttered coal plants.
The time for coal and its very toxic residue and large CO2 emissions is past.
Use of coal must be phased out as quickly as possible and practical.
New industries must be encouraged to locate into regions that are now mostly dependent on coal mining and we must retrain coal workers.
It’s no longer enough to rationally discuss differences. Instead, attack like a spit-flying mad dog.
It’s in the idiotic, profane protestors at rallies who disrespect law while unwittingly feeding a candidate’s publicity machine.
It’s in followers who emulate a candidate’s childlike name-calling and sometimes profanity-laced tirades.
And it’s in fabricated, taken-for-gospel social media shares every day.
No, George W. Bush is not a Nazi, President Obama is not a Kenyan Muslim terrorist, and not everything is a liberal or conservative conspiracy.
As we used to tell my granddaughter, “Use your words, use your words.” Rational words. In other words, grow up.
Jack Bowen, Fort Worth
Hillary and Martha
Hillary, you need to call Martha Stewart. Soon!
John Hogg, Bedford