Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2015

 

WWII memories keep deeds in perspective

An important event in history is quickly approaching, the Anniversary of Dec. 7, 1941, a date we as Americans must never forget or brush aside. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “A day which will live in infamy.” Of course I am referring to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

My ship arrived in Pearl Harbor in 1944, we had already sailed to Africa, France, and the north Atlantic. The sight of the area where the sneak attack had taken place was still very much in evidence and sent a stab of sadness through me. Even today the memorial to these lost men and women saddens Americans, especially those of “the greatest generation” who travel there to see where their fallen comrades perished.

I was proud to be aboard one of the ships that had sailed into Tokyo Bay, Japan for the surrender of Japan. I was there as history was taking place.

 It is hard to convey exactly what I felt knowing we had won, we had beat the enemy who had attacked our country, our home, the enemy responsible for the death of so many people who were caught unawares on that fateful day, Dec. 7, 1941.

Please, as Dec. 7 approaches, take a minute to reflect on those who lost their lives on that day and to remember those who served to keep our great nation free. History is an important part of our children’s education because as our veterans pass away, it is the history books that need to tell our stories. Thank you and God bless.

Tom Lucas

WWII Navy Veteran

Pontotoc

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Salter misses point about a shell game

In Sid Salter’s recent piece (“Bryant’s 2016 budget proposal has election-year sensibilities”), a few points need addressing:

First, Salter misstates the governor’s proposal as a tax cut, when in reality it is a tax credit that will not benefit many low-income families. They cannot receive it as a tax refund nor will it reduce their tax burden throughout the year.

But then Salter uses the vast majority of his ink to denigrate supporters of fully funding MAEP. Agreed, an “old political shell game of pitting one educational components against the other” is occurring, but it is politicians who perpetuate this con, not the supporters of public education as is insinuated.

Nothing was mentioned about the need for health care for poor Mississippians, or how one year of Bryant’s tax credit would pay for Mississippi’s match to expand Medicaid for thousands of Mississippians without health insurance.

Nothing was mentioned about the need for improvements to our roads and bridges, or mental health, or elderly care, or universal pre-K, or countless other needs that are not being addressed by this budget proposal.

Maybe these points will be raised in the future. Or maybe the old shell game will continue.

Shannon Eubanks

Brookhaven

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