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posticon Editorial - Honoring Veterans

Opinions | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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With Veteran's Day coming next Monday I have been thinking about how the way our country treats veterans, and how that has changed during my lifetime.  Nobody questions that getting into World War II was the right thing to do.  Nazis are bad, and the Japanese attacked our homeland.  But people have questioned our involvement in every war since World War II, especially the Vietnam War.  That war unfairly made pariahs of returning soldiers.  The dial has turned 180 degrees since that time, to the point where it has become politically correct to thank veterans and serving military men and women for their service.

Still, if you have to go too far one way or the other, the current attitude is the way to go.  Young people who join the military during a war have an expectation that they will find themselves in harm's way, but a lot of folks sign up in peacetime for the benefits, such as getting an education or health benefits.  Of course it's not that they're just in it for the bling, but they can very well be surprised to find themselves in front of bullets or blown up by  improvised explosive device (IED) when the politicians send them to fight abroad.

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posticon Thoughts - Too Many Lawyers and Impeachment

Opinions | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I was thinking the other day about whether the current political tsunami concerning the Chest-Thumper-in Chief and Congress would be more informative (and less frustrating and confusing) if there were a few less lawyers involved. They seem to be all elbowing each other to get onto center stage and into the group photo. Of course, in the case of Watergate and Monica-gate, there are a plethora of names involved, too, and we need a program to keep everyone in their proper place, but it all still comes down to legal terms, opinions and precedents.

Even though I don't own a television (I gave it up twenty years ago) I am sure that most of the talking heads on 24/7 television are lawyers. You can bet the good looking news anchors and hosts on these programs haven't the foggiest notion what the lawyers are saying, and we need to take a step back, in the interest of being truly informed, using our 'reading mind' instead of our 'viewing mind', looking at some interesting quotes from the present, and the past, when it comes to the outrageous behavior of certain past and present residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (and their legal representatives, of course).

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