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Today's Letters: What difference does a day make?

Published June 4, 2007


Moving date dilutes tradition of holiday, May 28 Jeff Webb column

I shared the pleasure of Mr. Webb's company recently and he seemed like a very respectful gentleman. How he could disrespect our fallen soldiers by printing such a tainted view of Memorial Day is saddening to me.

Webb says that May 30 should be the day we remember our fallen soldiers. I ask him to cite exactly what happened May 30 for this to be the day to remember them? Using his example of July 4: Independence happened on that day. This is the reason for celebrating Independence Day on July 4. As a matter of fact, this is the only day I can think of that something happened on a specific day. Why May 30 in the first place?

As for not changing Memorial Day to May 30 because it is convenient: Yes, it is. Isn't it also a convenience to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day on the days we have chosen, vs. an actual day that someone decided was the day? Should we change them all to a day that Congress decided to pass a bill?

I don't know about you, but I want the government involved in my life as little as possible.

Let's say that my deceased grandfather was buried in Virginia. I live in Florida. Wouldn't it be more realistic for me to visit my grandfather's grave during a long weekend as opposed to a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday?

To say we disrespect the individual sacrifices of the fallen is way over the top, don't you think? For a grieving, working woman to take a long weekend to sit by her deceased son or husband's grave isn't too much to ask, is it?

Shari Ackerman, Daytona Beach


Memorial Day is for the fallen

Moving date dilutes tradition of holiday, May 28 Jeff Webb column

I wanted to thank Webb for the article, although I doubt it will change any habits (or even be read by those who need to do so).

I'm a retired soldier and received an e-mail the morning of May 28 honoring me on my special day. I still haven't decided how to respond to someone who is well-meaning, but obviously has no idea what Memorial Day is about.

I also am the brother of a Vietnam casualty; my little brother Richie died there in February 1966. I miss him as much today as I did 41 years ago.

When I was a Boy Scout, I remember going to the cemetery on Decoration Day (May 30) and cleaning up graves and leaving behind small American flags. We knew what that day was about.

Regrettably, Webb is right on target in his opinion that Memorial Day is just part of another long weekend of beach parties and cookouts. What a sad commentary.

Gerald Barnes, Sergeant Major (U.S. Army retired), Zephyrhills


Victim deserves our concern

Everybody seems to worry about the Gulf High School student arrested for strong-arm robbery of a 50-year-old man. All concerns seem to be about his football career.

What about the family man that ended up with a broken jaw and tons of medical bills?

Who cares if he ever plays football again? Good things should not be printed about a person like this.

Robert Amato, New Port Richey


Think before calling sheriff

Paper delivery just won't stop, May 31 letter

Calling the Sheriff's Office about a newspaper in your driveway was not logical.

I can understand Deputy Schuck asking what you wanted him to do. He can't arrest the owner of the newspaper, the ones who print it or the ones who deliver it.

The writer has three ways to handle this: Ask a neighbor to pick them up, go to the newspaper office and speak to the one in charge, or, last resort, hire an attorney.

Please remember all police are too busy with important police work in Pasco County.

Ann Bully, New Port Richey

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