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May 15, 2014

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WEATHERFORD —

Please celebrate the holiday and do honor to these veterans; take your family to a cemetery and explain to your children why those flags are on the graves of those veterans. It will be lesson they will not forget and will make better patriots of them. What do you think?

Here are the last two stanzas of the poem, “Sack Lunches.”

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check to “citizens of the United States” for the amount of “up to and including my life.”

That is honor, and there are far too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

What do you think?

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William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.

By WILLIAM KELLY

Rome

On April 27, 2014, two popes were made saints. This happening was unusual because the Catholic Church has two living popes, one retired and one the present head of the Church. Two popes, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, were canonized as saints. Both present popes, Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, participated in the canonization. This was the first time in the 2,000 years of the Church’s history that this happened. No matter your church affiliation, you have observed a very historical event in Christian life. It is estimated that more than 800,000 people observed this event in person.

 

April 24

I mentioned, in my last article, the many things that occurred on April 24. My Irish friends let me know that I missed a very important event that occurred on that date. The Irish insurrection took place on April 24, 1916. My apologies to all the Irish.

 

Judges

We have heard and read much criticism of two judges in particular concerning their sentencing in two cases, one about a rape and one about a DWI accident. The Oxford Dictionary defines a judge as follows: As a noun, a public officer appointed to decide cases in a law court. As a verb, to give a verdict on a case or person in a law court. Of course there are many types of judges of many things, but I believe the above two definitions apply in this discussion. A judge is expected to be very knowledgeable in the law of his particular court. Therefore, after hearing all the facts in a case, the judge has the power to make a final decision of guilt or innocence. The judge also has the power to sentence. We, the people, may disagree with a judge’s decision and express our disapproval of his sentence in a particular case, but do we have all the facts of the case available to us? I think not! We can disapprove on principle. A person who expresses his opinion on a particular case, either for or against the judge’s decision, now becomes a judge his or herself without knowing all the facts of the case. What do you think?

 

Interesting facts

• Teach your kids about taxes; eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

• From Don Newbury’s article, only one peanut in every 100 is lucky enough to be an M&M peanut.

• From My Daily Visitor, Pope John XXIII would pray about some serious situation and then say to God, “It’s your church. I’m going to bed.”

• In 1014, 1,000 years ago, the battle of Clontarf ended the Norse rule over Ireland.

• In 1014, the Byzantium, Basil II, had the Bulgarian army blinded after his victory. Our rules of war on prisoners of war would prevent anything like that happening.

• Thomas Edison’s first successful light bulb on Oct. 21, 1879 burned for 45 hours.

• In 1987, a South African woman gave birth to her own grandchildren, triplets. Her daughter’s fertilized ova had been implanted in her uterus.

 

Computers

Have you thought about this? When you make a purchase with a credit card, that purchase price goes on your card and begins to be charged interest immediately. The opposite is true when you have a refund coming. It may take 30 days to get that refund. 

Another thing is trying to make a change of any kind online. I recently was attempting to make a change in my auto pay bank. One would think that after proper identification it would be a simple matter to delete the old routing and bank account numbers and replace them with the new numbers. But no. I was sent a new form, which I had to fill out, attach a voided check and mail to the credit card company. This seems like a lot of wasted paper, postage, their labor and my time to accomplish such a simple chore. What do you think?

 

May 26

Memorial Day falls on May 26, 2014. When I was a boy, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. All the veterans’ graves were decorated with flowers and flags. This is still done to this day. Mr. Chuck Katlic of the American Legion has been, for years, the person who has seen to it that the American Flag is placed on these veterans’ graves. He is a WWII veteran, and we all owe him a big thank you for his service and his dedication to this project. Thank you Sgt. Chuck Katlic. What do you think?

Please celebrate the holiday and do honor to these veterans; take your family to a cemetery and explain to your children why those flags are on the graves of those veterans. It will be lesson they will not forget and will make better patriots of them. What do you think?

Here are the last two stanzas of the poem, “Sack Lunches.”

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check to “citizens of the United States” for the amount of “up to and including my life.”

That is honor, and there are far too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

What do you think?

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William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.

 

 

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