Letters to the editor for September 18, 2012

Written by Union Democrat staff September 18, 2012 08:30 am

Seeking a more perfect union

To the Editor,

Will “we the people” ever see the day when we fly a flag the color of a purple united country instead of the “red, white and blue” of a sorely divided and dysfunctional states of America? Watching and listening to speeches and demonstrations at the conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties cause me to fear what the electioneering to come before November will do to divide our nation further apart. Apparently the party which gathers and spends the most money on attack ads will be victorious.

Perhaps the 50 stars should remain on the flag to give us hope for a “more perfect union.”

Ray Mellana

Sonora

Don’t use death for political gain

To the Editor,

As I watched the transfer ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base I was reminded of my father’s funeral in 1993. He had joined the Navy in 1928 and retired in 1957. His service included World War Two and the Korean War. At the graveside my father’s casket was covered with the American flag and attending the ceremony was a Navy color guard. A bugler played taps and then the colors were folded and presented to my mother in a most dignified and memorable manner.

A few years previously I had asked my father to record and write down some of his reminiscences of World War II. He did so and I have given copies to my children. In my eyes he will always be a hero. But so was my mother. Almost as an afterthought I had asked her how the war was for her.

In her words, it “was one long nightmare.” I then realized that it was the wives and mothers who were the ones who single-handedly raised their children and held the jobs that not only helped win the war but at the same time helped hold our society together.

And so it was in Libya  as four more Americans joined the ranks of those who have given their lives to their country and as it is for those in other foreign lands. 

At the same, however, injecting a political campaign into the events in Libya and Egypt is not warranted. 

True patriots would rally around our government in the face of foreign threats. 

Instead, Governor Romney and others have used the deaths of four heroic men for political gain. 

That is despicable and beneath contempt. Shame on them.

Daniel Connell

Sonora