Forum: Honor our veterans this weekend
May 24, 2013 9:54PM
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:07AM
Memorial Day is the time to remember all veterans, living and dead, and to show them how much you appreciate the sacrifices they have made so we can have the freedom we share.
Millions of men and women have given their time away from their families, have suffered life-changing wounds and have made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for their country and their fellow Americans.
It only will take a short time to attend a ceremony this weekend to honor our veterans.
Forget the shopping, cookouts and fun and games until after you pay your respects.
It’s especially important to honor and thank our older vets — those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam — while they are still with us. Please take time this year and show how much you care.
Makes no sense
Sometimes, I’m astounded by the difference in our societal mindset regarding those in the public eye.
I’m thinking of Mark Sanford, the South Carolina ex-governor and newly elected congressman. He cheated on his wife to visit his lady friend in South America and his staff told the media that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. But enough voters forgave him to return him to Congress, where he served before becoming governor.
Then we have the case of the Comcast SportsNet woman sportscaster who slipped up on the air, saying the Blackhawks were having a great deal of sex (she meant to say success) during the season.
The comment went viral, which led to lots of visits to old clips of her co-hosting a verbally explicit cable TV show, and not too many are forgiving of her.
We forgive a governor for leaving his job for a few weeks and allowing his staff to lie to his constituents, but we seemingly have little sympathy for a little-known sportscaster in Chicago who has apologized for her earlier somewhat lewd show.
I think we should be much more upset about the election of a congressman who lied to his constituents than the antics of a young sportscaster.
Timothy D. O’Reilly
Bill should butt out
I do not appreciate former President Bill Clinton expressing his opinion, a positive one, on the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Better that he advise his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to tell the truth regarding the Obama administration’s handling and explanation of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The American people deserve a full and truthful account of what occurred and whether it could have been prevented, especially because American lives were lost.
Marie H. Zuklic