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SENTINEL TRIBUNE I Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Page 4 BETWEEN THE _ LINES i .... By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- So the legislature got done on Tribune the other day in which the time.., writer said the jobs created were I guess, over all, things went only temporary and for that reason fairly well and why shouldn t we shouldn't do it to create jobs. they. We have an all Democratic The next day a letter writer House, Senate, and Governor. So replied to the first writers letter. it is debatable whether or not they "Aren't all construction jobs tem- did good or not so good. That per- porary?" Enough said. spective of course will always Thumbs up for more money look different depending on which for Early Childhood side of the aisle you are sitting on. Education. Definitely more Two things I have to give emphasis needs to be put into thumbs down on are not passing a Early Childhood Education. minimum wage increase, and not Learning to read by third grade doing a bonding bill. has to be a high priority for every Again it depends on your per- school in the state. Funding for spective as to whether or not those All-Day Kindergarten will pay off are good decisions or bad. I read for schools that do not have it. in the Lutheran Magazine 20 per- For WWG which has had all day cent of Americans face food chal- kindergarten for several years will lenges. I can't help thinking at receive funding for the portion not least some of that comes from already being picked up by the low wages and general poverty, state. However, it seems every time our Of course then there is the government officials, at all levels, Syntax on tobacco, an increase of seem to be able to agree on pay about $1.60 a pack! That ought to raises for themselves and their make some smokers quit. Those employees, who voted against it argued it puts It seems to me raising the a heavier burden on the poor. Yet minimum wage would be a great more of them voted against rais- way to reduce poverty, people at ing the alcohol tax by a nickel a that level tend to put every extra drink. That too falls harder on the penny back into the economy, poor, but then more of the middle That also increases the amount of class and affluent also drink but taxes taken in by local, state and we can't add a nickel a drink? Oh federal government, by the way the liquor tax has not On the bonding bill at least been raised in over 25 years! there was agreement on funding Really! repairs on our beautiful capitol Of course clothing and ser- building. It is one of our states fin- vices were looked at and dropped. est examples of Roman Only four other states in the coun- Renaissance - Beaux Art. Bet you try don't have a tax on clothing! didn't know that! Neither did I, All but two states don't have tax however I did know it was some on services, All of our neighbor- form of Roman architecture, ing states have some taxes on I felt the bonding bill would services, and three of them have have been a no brainer. Although I higher service taxes than us. am always thinking some of the Well there is always next things that get bonded, such as time, and at least they got done on fancy sports facilities and some time, Hurrah! other recreational expenditures, should receive more scrutiny. Have a great week and do good! I read a letter in the Star Congratulations to recognized. In most cases, their achievements will contribute to honor students the success of their future in meet- While reading the events of ing the goals and dreams of today. graduation day, I found it disap- I'd like to extend my congratu- pointing not to learn the names of lations to the honor students of the those graduating with honors and class of 2013! high honors. These individuals Donna Nelsen have worked diligently to achieve this distinction, and deserve to be "Stories from the Batt Cave" Remember trenches of France to the soldiers during the sinking of the USS freezing in Korea to the platoons in Juneau in 1942. At the National A sense of duty sent them to war. the hazy jungles of Vietnam to World War II Memorial, I entered They left their homes to fight on those patrolling Afghanistan, we my last name into a database and distant battlefields. They were remember and honor our war dead. discovered that 47 people with my called to be part of something big- President Abraham Lincoln said, name died in service to this country ger than they were. They were "A nation that does not honor its during World War II. Most of you somebody's son, daughter, sister, heroes will not long endure." would find someone with your last brother, father, or mother. They Major Archibald Butt, a military name in that database. were ordinary people who respond- aide and friend of President In junior high, I read William ed in extraordinary ways. William Howard Taft, brought Saroyan's "The Human Comedy." They came home in pine boxes. Marie Young to a lifeboat on the In it, Homer Macauley was a Their final resting places are the Titanic. He wrapped blankets about 14-year-old delivery boy who fre- cemeteries near the churches where her and tucked her in as if she were quently delivered telegrams report- they'd been baptized, going for a pleasure ride, He bid ing the deaths of soldiers. Homer Since the first shots at Lexington her farewell and good luck, and died a little each time because his and Concord were fired and the said, "Don't forget to remember me beloved brother, Marcus, was a sol- Revolutionary War began, to the folks back home." dier. One day, Homer found Mr. American men and women have I worked in Washington, DC not Grogan, the telegraph operator, been answering the nation's call to long ago. I spent a day at Arlington slumped over his desk, dead of a duty. Americans have fought and Cemetery. Rows upon rows ofheart attack. The last telegram died while defending our freedoms grave markers and numerous funer- Grogan had received was addressed and way of life. Our troops contin- al processions made for a humbling to Homer's mother. It began, "The ue to make the ultimate sacrifice, experience. An empty tomb hun- Department of War regrets to yet more Americans step forward to ored Major Archibald Butt, the man inform you that your son say, "I'm ready to serve." They fol- from the Titanic who asked to be Marcus..." Homer's angry reaction low in the footsteps of generations remembered. He died on that ship. was, "I don't know who to hate." of heroes. I visited all the monuments and As time passed, Homer learned that memorials of our nation's capital remembering was better than hat- The idea for Memorial Day arose from the ashes of the Civil War, in that I could. At the Vietnam ing. which at least 620,000 Americans Veterans Memorial Wall, I placed Many have given their tumor- were killed. The war's unprece- my hand on the name of a family rows so that we might have one. dented Camage was on a scale member killed in Vietnam, That "If you are able, save for them a unimaginable. There are varying one name in a list of 58,272 names place inside of you and save one versions of how Memorial Day engraved upon a wall is a wound backward glance when you are began. One says that grieving fami- that never heals, leaving for the places they can no lies in Mississippi decorated the I stopped at the Korean Warlonger go." Those are the words of graves of both Confederate and Veterans Memorial. As I marveled Major Michael Davis O'Donnell, Union soldiers with wreaths and at the reflection of the statues of 19 killed in Vietnam. flowers. They hoped that others squad members, I read, "Freedom The soldier on the Titanic said, would do the same for their lost is not free." "Remember me." loved ones in the North. They did. I read the tombstone epitaph of a Honor our heroes. 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