No flags flying on Veterans Day?
To the editor:
Today I write with sadness to express my sincere disappointment as I
drove down Main Street, returning to my home from a Mount Hope Cemetery
visit to pay respect, gratitude and honor to my father-in-law, Richard
H. Gushman (Dick Gushman to many longtime residents) on this national
day of remembrance of our past and present veterans.
It was with heartfelt sadness I realized that I did not see one
American flag displayed outside any local business, whether large or
small. I acknowledge the gratitude advertisements by the businesses
earlier in the week due to the current schedule of newspaper
circulations, but still to see rural downtown America, especially in
Baker County, devoid of any American flag on Nov. 11, Veterans Day
2009, was sadly shocking to me!
How about a Halloween parade?
To the editor:
I should be the last person on earth to write about Halloween. There is
a connection between All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints and All Souls,
which the Catholic church celebrates on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively. But
I also know what a big day it is for children. I am grateful that the
town of Baker City creates such a safe environment for our little ones,
when in other places such a day may give rise to mischief and pranks
and uncalled-for trouble.
I have a simple idea that can enhance the celebration on that busy and
crowded afternoon when children invade Main Street dressed up in
anything that is scary, spooky, cute and perplexing at times.
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