We're seeing replay of Vietnam War
None of the ideas and none of the economy stimulus packages will work. The U.S. is spending a gazillion dollars a week in Iraq. And until that stops, the economy will continue to nosedive.
If anyone wants a peek at the next chapter of "Vietnam 2 -- The Movie," Bush does continue to follow the original script. "Iraqis stand up as we stand down" equals Vietnamization. And the follow-up to that was a decade of runaway inflation. If that prospect does not scare you, nothing will!
Is blanket apology really appropriate?
The Charlotte Observer and The Herald both printed headlines that Rock Hill apologizes to a freedom rider. Mayor Doug Echols is after votes. Please don't say Rock Hill apologizes.
As for one, I don't. I had nothing to do with this. Seems to me the mayor was still in high school at the time. Seems to me things are fine without having to keep bringing this up.
Charlie E. Fox
The real cause of the Civil War
Jerry Hill recently raised the question: "What are the real origins of the Civil War?"
Rewriting history was much more difficult when our forefathers-at-large set out to chisel the facts of the times in granite. Today, most any scribe who has pen and ink or a computer can change the story as he or she has a mind to.
My dad was a whiz on the telegraph key; he also was station master for Palmyra, N.J. The Page family is traced to Williamsburg, Va., so, as in any family squabble, there's enough blame for the "Invasion from the North" (also referred to as "The War Between the States") to go around. And what goes around, comes around, as the old saying goes.
Years ago, we had occasion to create a Civil War calendar. It covered the battles, as only the great illustrator of time, Tom Nast could portray -- firsthand! Nast also is the noted creator of the donkey and the elephant as mascots for the two political parties. Illustrations of the war's battles were recounted by Nast and etched on wooden blocks from which my calendars were printed. The letter-press printing blocks, incidentally, were discovered in the subbasement of Ben Franklin's old print shop in Philadelphia ... but that's another story!
Today, looking back through the many volumes written on what the war was really about, I'm inclined to believe our young, vigorous nation was suffering growing pains ... and both sides of Family USA just got too blamed big for their britches!
Survival as a united nation in today's world demands that we, the people, stand together and stay the course ... for freedom
Thanks to all for community support
The family of Cpl. Charles "Charlie" E. Messer would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their thoughts, actions and prayers during this most difficult time for our family.
We thank you all more than words can ever express. We only ask now that you will keep us in your prayers as we continue through life's journey without Charlie. We know it be very difficult, but we know God called Charlie home to be with him. Again, thank you all.
The Messer Family