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Our flag will rise again from the ashes created by cowards

To The Daily Sun,

On Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, I sat with my classmates and heard President Roosevelt say over the loudspeaker, "The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. America is going to war." Little did we realize the impact of that statement until month by month, and year by year, reality set in when six of my classmates enlisted in the armed forces during our senior year — the class of 1944.

One of those who enlisted prior to graduation was named Harvey. He went down with his destroyer that same year. Harvey was a good athlete and might even have had the opportunity to play college baseball, but he never got the chance. He was 19.

Since World War II was a very definitive war, most of those who were physically fit enlisted, and the draft boards were very busy. There was a display of patriotism to honor and defend our country. A roommate of mine on board our ship in the Pacific was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the carnage, and the horror, and the unbelievable tragedy. Needless to say, he did not talk about it much; he saw it for real.

Since the presidential election, I am appalled at the actions among many of our high school and college students. The former who walked out of school, and the latter who were let out of class by their professors. What a sad commentary! All this under the guise of protecting our young people from becoming emotionally upset by fear, or whatever. If the election result is enough to cause this problem and reaction, then we are in a sad state of affairs.

As we practically stand on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, America is being held hostage by those who are taking advantage of "their right" to burn or destroy our flag. Protesters cut the flag in strips and replaced the stars with some sort of symbol, and then smiled while it was swallowed up in flames. In 1989, in deciding the Texas v. Johnson flag burning case, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thought desecration of the flag was despicable, but he also knew the First Amendment to our Constitution considered such an act as a form of "free speech."

I have no idea why people take out their anger on our flag, as it is the people not the flag, who are the cause of the friction that exists. I am so weary of continually hearing the multitudes say, "I do not agree with the act but defend the right to do it." To that I say: baloney! I will tell you who has rights that no one pays attention to, it is the over 400,000 brave Americans who died in World War II, and the hundreds of thousands who were wounded while saving England, France, and the world in the process, to make sure that "Old Glory" still flew gallantly over America.

Those heroes have a right to be honored and respected. Who looks after their rights? Every time our flag is dishonored, or our national anthem butchered by a performer, our honor suffers.

What we all need is a history lesson. Over 200 years ago, during the war of 1812, the British told the Americans that if our flag was still flying at dawns early light, they would give back the Americans they were holding prisoner. Against overwhelming odds, our brave soldiers made sure the flag was still standing at dawn. The flag staff was being held in place by the bodies of the fallen soldiers at Fort McHenry, it never touched the ground. For most of my 90 years I have lived by the creed that our stars and stripes should never touch the ground. Who sees to it that the rights of our fallen are honored and respected?

Our flag rose from the ashes after Pearl Harbor. It will rise again and again from the ashes created by the cowards who, with a little match, burn it to ashes.

William H. Atkinson

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Colleges simply refuse to create a more cost effective model

To The Daily Sun,

I often write satire. There is no person who writes to The Daily Sun whose views scream for satirical responses more than Scott Cracraft. I am leaving out the "E" in his name for brevity. I am sure the "E" does not stand for "E"xcellence in education or "E"conomy in education. The surprise Trump victory has turned the normally just "wacky bulldog contingent" that Scott leads into a viscous, fuming, furious, foaming, junk yard variety
There won't be any positive analysis by Scott or the bulldogs about what Trump has in mind to fix the the ECONOMIC MESS being left to him by Obama. If Trump fails, which he sure could, are the bulldogs going to accept Trumps failure as all Obama's fault the way they did when Obama was sure his failure was all Bush's. Dogs have small brains with short memories, especially the junk yard breed. So we can be sure Scott will not remember Obama's often repeated BS excuse. A Trump mistake will be 1,000 percent Trumps.
Satire is a method civilized people use instead of weapons to respond to what is uninformed, inflamed, partisan rhetoric screamed with the singular purpose to influence public opinion. Scott's intent is not to educate the electorate except to an extreme distillation of far left beliefs and thinking. Academics like Scott and Leo Sandy, before him, are victims and hostage of "GROUP THINK." Your student suffers badly for that. There is zero intellectual difference on campus as it involves politics. Education elites scream the praises of inclusivity on campus as it relates to race, religion etc. except one. Right brain thinking and appreciation for capitalism and free, open markets. They are not welcome.

"Professor thinking" surely is inculcated in a thousand different ways into the student body. How can it not be? The voting block age 18 age 28 are by a huge majority Democrats. By age they are the largest supporter of Democrats, overwhelmingly. That is not some COINCIDENCE! That is brain washing directly into students from educators. TAXPAYERS should be SCREAMING for it to STOP at the top of their lungs. It is educator ARROGANCE PERSONIFIED. The same as "UNION-PROFESSOR THINK" that holds the college campus in its tight grip that drives up tuition non-stop, burying your kids future in debt before it starts. EDUCATORS DON'T CARE or they would fix it. The problem, It is NOT in their self interest to fix it. Worse, They want their failure buried in "Free."
Colleges simply refuse to create a cost effective model and better product because it would cut LABOR needs on campus in the billions. Tens of thousands of professors like Scott would become jobless. That is why capitalism and right thinking can't arrive on campus. More than 80 percent of all academics in America lean HARD LEFT in poll after poll. The psychologists and history professors like Scott are "left" by more than 90 percent. Conservative speech and logic on campus is as unwelcome and protested today as it has ever been in history. Thanks directly to Scott and Leo. We are NEVER to get "reasoned logic" from Scott Cracraft. It would betray his employment self interests, it would betray his brain washed logic and a right leaning professor is as popular professionally and socially on campus as turkey in a chicken coup.
Tony Boutin

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