On this Memorial Day please try to do two things. Please display your American flag. They are disappearing from our landscape. That is alarming and saddening. And, please try to attend one of the local Memorial Day observances held at several local cemeteries.
Recent terrorist attacks around the world sadly remind us that the cost of freedom is a dear one indeed. It is paid daily for us by those who wear uniforms both military and civilian. Stop and recognize this and pay respect with your presence at an observance.
A flag flying to show our national unity, and one hour out of your holiday weekend, are small prices to pay in order to demonstrate our gratitude to the fallen and give encouragement to all our veterans active and retired.
Lincoln called the fallen “those who gave the last full measure of devotion.” Let us all take “increased devotion” to that cause for which they gave their lives. Please attend a service.
Douglas Simpson, Wichita
As I write this, our Kansas Legislature has been unable to pass a budget or figure out how to finance our public schools. Our nation’s government remains mired in mud. With our polarized opinions, we have become ungovernable. It is time for both parties to let moderates back to their tables; people who will listen to both sides with civility and manners; people who will negotiate; people with open minds; people who care about helping to solve the problems of their neighbors, not just their own. In the future, I won’t vote for any candidate unless they state openly that the other party has some good ideas, and that they will work with those ideas.
Laura Ice, Wichita
Dear True Conservative
I am so very sorry for you.
You believe that “everyone should get what they earn and earn what they get.” What do you propose we do with children, people with disabilities, the mentally ill, the elderly? At what point in your life do you earn what you get? We are all born in different circumstances, with different abilities. Is good fortune the measuring rod? Only those who win the birth lottery are “entitled.”
“No one should be forced to support free riders.” I’m going to speculate that you have had a free ride all of your life and actually believe you did it yourself.
Jackie Volbrecht, Marion
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