Letters to the Editor

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Tag: memorial day

May
28th

MILITARY: Memorial Day means little without veterans benefits

Men and women are not “heroes” just because they put on a U.S. military uniform, and they don’t want to be called heroes. They simply want the rights and benefits that their government promised them when they signed up with a recruiter.

What they don’t want is a government that forces them to fight unnecessary imperial wars of aggression in the Third World, then can’t provide long-term care for the wounded and traumatized when they come home. What use is honoring yesterday’s fallen if we don’t provide for those who are falling today – falling into unemployment, depression, addiction, suicide

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Nov.
12th

MILITARY: Soldier didn’t make it to Veterans Day

How heartbreaking to see on Monday’s front page the small news item, “Bomb kills JBLM soldier in Afghanistan,” next to the story covering Veterans Day in the Capitol Rotunda.

First Sgt. Kenneth Wade Bennett, killed Saturday, missed Veterans Day by 24 hours or less. But we’ll remember him next May, on Memorial Day.

May
29th

MEMORIAL DAY: Commentary was welcome

I just want to thank your writers for their commentary on the day that we set aside to remember those who died defending our country (TNT, 5-28). The editorial writer who wrote “To Americans who fell, an obligation of memory” and reader columnist Karen Frost with “A forgotten soldier’s grave.”

Since our history is not really taught anymore in our schools, too many people have no idea of the price that was paid to give us our freedoms we enjoy in this country. It is a price not only paid by our military men and women who served,

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May
29th

WAR: The other side of history

Re: “To the Americans who fell, an obligation of memory” (editorial, 5-28).

I applaud your Memorial Day lament that Americans haven’t studied the wars we’ve fought. While they’re at it, they could learn about our Central American incursions on behalf of the United Fruit Company, our annexation of the Philippines from a helpless Spain, the fruitless and misguided adventures in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and our imperial war with Mexico.

Perhaps one or two will even ponder: How many tens of thousands died not to protect us or our country but as anonymous pawns in games of

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May
31st

WAR: Post-Memorial Day sadness

Memorial Day fills me with deep sadness.

Perpetual war generates profits for Wall Street, and the weapons industry embraces our whole economy. Even corporations like Boeing and GI are co-dependents in manufacturing the technology of death.

Thus our nation is ruthlessly efficient in recruiting, training, deploying and exhausting soldiers, but we are cynically inept in serving them when they come home, for there is scant profit in caring for the wounded.

Once discharged, many wounded warriors wait six months for veterans benefits. If they file complaints, they wait two years for an answer from the Kafkaesque bureaucracy. Jobless, without medical

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May
27th

MEMORIAL DAY: CPark students remember

The meaning of Memorial Day is often obscured by commercialism. Ask the students at Clover Park High what it is and you may get a surprising reply. On Thursday they installed more than 6,000 handmade stakes, each bearing the name of a service person killed in the War on Terrorism.

It looks impressive, but what is more impressive is the message – that we remember. There is no political connection or glorification intended; to do so would tarnish the memory.

Let’s put the display into perspective: Multiply what you see by 10 to approximate the losses of Vietnam and by

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May
31st

MEMORIAL DAY: Military spouses are heroes, too

On this Memorial Day, I will honor an American hero. She rests at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

Not all soldiers carry guns, and not all heroes serve in battle. This hero served for 26 years as a military spouse. Her name is Atha.

The battles she fought were frequent moves, remote postings to unfamiliar places, long separations and sick kids. And she volunteered wherever she was needed. She was sometimes recognized for her service, more often not.

Like soldiers who have foxhole buddies for strength during times of battle, military spouses often band together to fight their battles.

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May
28th

MEMORIAL DAY: Honor our nation’s warriors

Re: “Honor military, don’t glorify” (letter, 5-27).

This letter to the editor struck a tattered nerve deep in my soul. My service to our country began in 1967 as a pilot of an unarmed medical evacuation helicopter in Vietnam. I and those within my unit did our duty, and proudly so, not because we were inculcated or enslaved to our government, but because we believed it to be in the best interest of our nation.

I was delusional in my beliefs that upon returning home our service would be positively acknowledged. The writer appears to be of the faction that

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