Letters – Memorial Day, South Korea, Faith, Abortion Issues, Myositis, Mavs Dancers

Remember our warriorsHappy Memorial Day! Today, we celebrate the memories of those military heroes who gave their lives to help make this country the greatest, freest and most wonderful place to live in the world. Their sacrifices allow so much opportunity to achieve goals, pursue opportunities and build dreams. Today, where ever you are celebrating, raise a glass, nod in prayer and recall the warriors that gave it all to make this nation so grand.James Hairston, DallasReflect on the sacrificesThe Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea reinforces the important lesson of Memorial Day: Freedom comes at a cost.On June 25, 1950, forces from North Korea invaded the South. Consequently, led by the United States, the Allies responded to the North's aggression. By the time the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, about 40,000 U.S. service members had died to defend and secure freedom on the Korean peninsula. Their ultimate sacrifices were not in vain. Today, the Republic of Korea stands as a testimony to their sacrifices. Without the hardships endured by U.S. military members heroically executing their duties, South Korea would have been denied the opportunity to emerge as a free nation.Memorial Day is a time of - and for - solemnity to honor our fallen "heroes." Over the years, we have corrupted this day of reverence into an extended holiday weekend. On Memorial Day, we should remember the valuable lesson of the Korean War: Freedom is never free. We should take time to reflect on those brave individuals who died so we can continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty, peace and freedom.John Di Genio, CiboloCelebrate their livesThis Memorial Day, "it is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived," by Gen. George S. Patton.James W. Anderson, Talladega, Ala.A matter of faithRe: "Dear graduates: You have been misled - Life's meaning isn't found in college and a job, it's found in the priceless intangibles," by Scott Samuelson, May 16 Viewpoints.Samuelson's well-written column suffers from a fatal missing link: No mention of religious faith. But maybe Samuelson is just a very good person who does not embrace a belief in God. However, to those of us who do believe, not including faith in life's meaning is unimaginable.David W. Ramsey, Far North DallasGive us equal spaceAfter the photos and articles about the protesters who believe in abortion, how about giving a balanced bit of reporting showing that there are two sides to this issue? Those of us who believe in the sanctity of life and who believe that "babies' lives matter" should get equal space, articles and photos. One of the 10 Commandments still says "Do Not Kill."Logan Casada, DuncanvilleThe height of arroganceRe: "Area Catholics close ranks or lose faith -Police raid brings response of 'enough is enough,' while others reaffirm their beliefs," May 20 news story.How about the height of arrogance? Rev. Martin Moreno says, "If this means you have to go, then leave already. Those of us that remain will have true faith." The Catholic Church is the longest running empire in history. Its wealth and power are unprecedented. Rev. Moreno claims he has the "true faith." Woe is unto those who disagree.Stan Biderman, Santa Fe, N.M.The full story on jobsRe: "Life has not improved," by Andrea LaShea, May 9 Letters.I was glad to see that someone else was speculating about the story behind statistics for new job growth. I, too, have wondered if anyone has refined the stats on those new jobs by breaking it down into how many are minimum wage as opposed to jobs that provide a living wage. It would also be interesting to refine it even further into how many are new hires as opposed to second, or even third, jobs by workers who can't make a living wage with just one job. The people who could safely count themselves among the middle class are being whittled away and the author of this letter was correct when she said the quality of life has not improved for most. This is a thing that causes me to fear for our country. The middle class - not the very rich - have been the backbone that held this country together better than glue and the idea of it disappearing is fearful, indeed.Beverly Rigsby, RichardsonMyositis awarenessAn estimated 75,000 Americans suffer from myositis, a chronic, debilitating disease, yet many do not know it or are misdiagnosed with other, more common, autoimmune diseases. Often even doctors are not aware that muscle weakness, pain, extreme fatigue and a characteristic rash may be signs of myositis. Delays in diagnosis can be catastrophic in terms of disability, long-term physical damage, and even death. This is especially significant for African Americans and women of color.May is Myositis Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Myositis Association tries to raise awareness of myositis diseases. This observance recognizes the need for more research and understanding of myositis - a group of rare, incurable muscle diseases - in the hope of faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately a cure.Because myositis diseases disproportionately affect women of color, this year we are reaching out to this community to encourage those who may be experiencing symptoms to seek medical attention immediately. For more info, visit myositis.org.Jay Weinstein, North DallasGood riddanceRe: "A more wholesome halftime - Let's not dance around it: Mavs' troupe needed to go; hopefully others will follow," by Sharon Grigsby, May 18 Metro & State column.Good riddance. The Mavs' dancers should have been canned 20 years ago.Wayne Bower, North Dallas  Continue reading...

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