My Honor Flight
A month after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, patriotism motivated me, a lad of 17, to join the Navy to avenge the dastardly deed and rid the world of fascism.
My Navy days ended in December 1945 but returned on Oct. 8 during the exciting, one-day Honor Flight.
As a "thank-you-for-your-service," Stars and Stripes Inc. flew 400 Wisconsin WWII veterans and their 400 volunteer Guardians to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.
The 7.4 acre memorial, erected on the Mall lionizes the 16 million men and women "... who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us. A nation conceived in liberty and justice." A plaque containing 400 gold stars above a reflecting pool mourns the 400,000+ who were killed.
To my amazement, four times we walked through corridors of well-wishers (once four deep) shouting "thank you for your service." I openly wept while shaking hundreds of extended hands and expressing my sincere thanks.
The full impact of the day hit me while driving home - an epiphany. The rationale for the monument and Americans expressing gratitude generated a deep sense of pride. It re-energized my commitment to devote the twilight of my life toward promoting the 70-year-old objective; "liberty and justice" for all Americans.
Earl O. Christianson
The ugly legacy of feminism
The feminist movement has an ugly legacy. Started by angry women it has sought to punish men ever since. Women's studies departments have indoctrinated 30 years of impressionable young minds with their slogan "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."
And successfully punish men they have. Maintaining that there is no innate difference between the genders, feminists have used Title IX to eliminate many men's collegiate sports, like wrestling. Those have been ruled to be discriminatory, simply because women are not interested in participating in them.
Other aspects of the feminist legacy are sad, such as the case of the two lesbians raising a boy as a girl, who plan to give him hormone injections at puberty to block his production of male hormones, followed by castration. He says he wants to be a girl. Of course his wish has nothing to do with the fact that he is being raised by two women and does not have a dad's presence in the family.* The early feminists would have done better to call their errant fathers to a higher standard; to urge husbands and fathers to love and support their wives and children, rather than to set one gender at war with the other in perpetuity. There are plenty of loving, kind, unselfish men out there, and it is a shame that so many single females will not experience a loving marriage and family due to feminist brainwashing.
Wind turbines: Yes
It was briefed in The Journal Times a couple of weeks ago that SCJ would be building two or three wind turbines at Waxdale. They are expecting the turbines will supply about 15 percent of Waxdale's electricity usage. But, for this project to continue they will need approval from the village.
As a community at the Eco-Justice Center, which is powered mainly by renewable energy, we would like the village's approval. Also, give SCJ a big cheer for this investment. It is projects like this that will make us locally resilient, and let's hope other companies will follow SCJ's foot steps.
JoAnn M. Hansen
Bruce W. Zahn, architect
Wind turbines: No
I urge residents of Mount Pleasant to oppose the SC Johnson wind farm proposal.
I agree with Dr. Soto's point (Oct. 30 Journal Times) that wind is a clean and renewable resource, but it also produces light and noise pollution as well as health problems which are related to wind generators. That is the reason they are normally located in nonresidential areas.
A better solution would be solar panels which would produce power during peak usage periods thereby reducing the need for coal-produced electricity; even more so than wind generators.
I don't want my neighborhood compromised by having a wind farm less than a quarter-mile away. Not only will this reduce property values, but it will kill wildlife, cause health problems and interrupt TV, radio and cellphone signals. The truth is, the community will really be subsidizing SCJ's power supply.
Please investigate further to get all the facts before jumping on the wind farm corporate bandwagon. How would you react if one of these wind farms was going up virtually in your backyard? On a summer evening, do you want flashing light as the sun sets through the fan blades, or a whooshing noise every two seconds, or to lose one-half the value of your home so a large corporation can achieve 100 percent renewable energy?
Up to this point, SC Johnson has been a good neighbor and corporate citizen. I know, because I live right across the street. However, in this instance they should reconsider and explore other options.