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Maybe the pope should direct criticism in other directions

To The Daily Sun,

Is it me, or is there something that the pope just doesn't get? He comes to America, and criticizes our policies and lectures Congress. America is the country that is always there in times of need. If something catastrophic happens in the world, who is first up to send aid, even to our enemies?

Out of all the world polluters, what country has actually done something (and still is) to mitigate its "carbon footprint"? That's right, the good ol' U.S. of A! Has anyone seen the photos of Chinese cities during one of their air polluted brown outs? Oops, that's right, you can't see what's two feet in front of you.

I couldn't listen for long as I find it disturbing to hear the "head of state" of one of the richest organizations/religions (riches "acquired" from peoples violently subjugated and robbed in the past) preach "socialism" to a successful capitalist country. A country whose people have the opportunity to better themselves, if they choose to.

So "Your Eminence", why don't you head on over to China, Russia, or maybe the Middle East and preach to them about human rights, climate change and the equal distribution of wealth among the people. If you do, don't forget the bulletproof bubble for the "Pope-mobile."

Thanks for the visit...

(To those who may take offense with the preceding message: get over it! The opinions expressed are necessarily those of the writer, and probably the opinions of many others ... afraid that lightning will strike them if they admit it!)

Ken Knowlton

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Sunday, September 27 is United States Gold Star Mothers Day

To The Daily Sun,

The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.

Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves Gold Star Mothers during the First World War, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation's revolution.

In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson approved the wearing of black armbands bearing a gold star by those who had a family member who died in the military service to the United States. This distinguished them from the blue stars, representing a family member presently serving in the armed forces.

During World War I, families would hang flags in their windows that were white with red borders, inside, a blue star would represent each family member who was serving in the military. The name the Gold Star Mothers was derived from the custom of military families who when a service member was killed, the blue star was changed to a gold star.

Eleven years after the end of World War I, the United States Congress took an unprecedented step in the history of warfare, giving unusual recognition to the mothers of those killed in that war.

American Gold Star Mothers Inc. was incorporated in 1929, obtaining a federal charter from the U.S. Congress. It began with 25 mothers living in the Washington, D.C., area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the nation. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother's Day, a holiday that has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.

In 1947, the Gold Star lapel pin was designed and created to be presented to eligible surviving family members of service members who died while deployed in support of overseas contingency operations, or who died from wounds sustained in theater. A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces. It may be seen on a service flag or in the form of a pin, which is worn by Gold Star mothers. The pin is not limited to mothers and it is awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944:

"There is nothing adequate which anyone in any place can say to those who are entitled to display the gold star in their windows America lives in freedom because of the sacrifices of America's finest citizens and of the mothers who raised them."

Karen Thurston
Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire


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