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!