Our sacred responsibility
In the highest form of life on earth is the human heart. The structure of this magnificent creation contains wonderful abilities that are not found in any other.
On this Memorial Day, the magnitude of this capacity will be on display. Because nothing moves the human heart more than when one person gives his life for another.
On this day we remember those who gave, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “the last full measure of devotion.” Thinking about what I might feel the most when realizing that I was going to die in battle, I think it wouldn’t be my loss of life, but that I couldn’t see the joy of victory, and the world that has. resulted from the combined efforts of all who died for the preservation of freedom.
Therefore, we who are left behind have a sacred responsibility to uphold with the utmost love, care, and selflessness, the ultimate American values for which they fought and died.
Thank you, great soldiers! Greeting you, I give you my heart and my promise that you will not be forgotten!
Bob Speir, Mesquite
To ‘support and defend’
Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have died after taking the oath required to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Presidents, likewise, swear, “to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
As Memorial Day approaches, we should heed the words of President George Washington in his farewell address of September 19, 1796: “But the Constitution which exists at all times, until it is amended by a explicit and authentic act of all the people, is sacred obligatory for all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of each individual to obey the established government.
Thus, we must honor those who gave their lives for our country by striving to support our established government and by condemning those who would interfere with its proper functioning.
John Stettler, Dallas;
and John A. Bradley, Nashville, Tenn.
Ret. Lieutenant General, US Air Force, and President and CEO of the Lamia Afghan Foundation
Giving Asians Their Due
This Memorial Day, let’s pay homage to Asians. I doubt the average American would know that about 20,000 Chinese Americans fought in WWII for this country.
EB Waters, East Dallas
Preserving the true meaning of the day
The high-profile Carry the Load events and fundraising over Memorial Day weekend are laudable in paying tribute to veterans, firefighters, law enforcement and emergency workers. I just wish they’d stopped saying this event “restores the true meaning of Memorial Day.”
The real meaning of Memorial Day is to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military. Carry the Load seeks to redefine, not restore, the meaning of Memorial Day. As a Vietnam vet who has seen buddies die in battle, I hate redefining the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Rick Williams, Garland
Why would they do this?
For those who aspire to live in a humane and rational society, passing a law allowing anyone to carry a handgun without a license is heartbreaking and arouses a sense of frustration and despair. This country needs many things such as reconciliation, social and economic justice and protection from official oppression. But there is no need for more guns in the hands of people who think they have the judgment to use deadly weapons.
Why would our legislators and our governor spend their time making and signing laws that do not make us a safer, more just or more just society? More guns simply means more suicides, accidental deaths and more crimes of passion where the use of a gun seems the best way to settle the score. But it’s too late now; the base has been appeased and Governor Greg Abbott says he will sign the bill. All we can do now is sit in silent fear as the real “American carnage” continues to increase.
Scott Mashburn, Dallas / Merriman Park
Child care is essential
Quality preschool education and child care is a two-generation issue that supports parents in today’s workforce and prepares the children of tomorrow.
When COVID-19 caused school closures across the country, child care providers remained open to serve the children of essential workers.
Evelyn, one of the nation’s 1.5 million babysitters, owns a South Dallas daycare that has educated and cared for hundreds of children and provided stable employment for 16 women for 35 years.
Despite support from the Texas Workforce Commission during COVID-19, its first-rate center is still at risk of shutting down: reimbursements do not cover the full cost of quality care, and with fewer enrollments and additional costs to meet demands. COVID-19 health and safety requirements, she is struggling to make ends meet. If Evelyn’s business closes, it will create a triple economic impact: on Evelyn, her employees and the parents of the children in her program.
Nearly 3 million women left the workforce during COVID-19, exposing both the fragility and importance of child care services to the workforce. Our chance to reinvent, rebuild and invest in the system that supports today’s workforce and prepares tomorrow’s workforce is now.
Tori Mannes, Dallas
CEO / President of ChildCareGroup
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