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Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2017

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Pledge for unity

Editor:

I would like for you to consider joining me in taking the opportunity to regularly say the Pledge of Allegiance, and to pray for our country too if agreeable to you, with your friends and family. We need a sense of unity now, more than ever.

On NPR’s All Things Considered on May 22, 2017, Mr. Dexter Filkins asked Secretary of Defense (Marine Corps) General James Mattis, “What keeps you awake at night?”. “And he said it’s America. It’s the lack of unity in America. And he went on in this very kind of thoughtful way. He said there’s a kind of spiritual crisis in America.”

A quick internet search shows that several State Supreme Courts have ruled against the Pledge starting in 2002. Supposedly only about half of schools require it, and even then, participation is mostly optional. Alternatively, the late comedian Red Skelton had a explanatory commentary in 1969, also on the Internet.

I encourage you to recite the Pledge at family gatherings, sporting events, or any time you spot a U.S. flag. After all, our official motto is “E pluribus unum”, which means “out of many, one” in Latin.

Ken Chandler
Avondale

 

Litchfield Lake needs attention

Editor:

I have been watching the algae in the lake for over a month. It is only getting more and more out of control. I have heard that someone occasionally puts some kind of chemical in it. Whatever is being done, it obviously isn’t working. If this continues, the algae will completely take over and cover the entire surface. This problem didn’t exist before the lake was drained.

Obviously, the ecosystem is completely out of balance. A quick check of the Internet will give lists of what kind of fish and other creatures eat algae. Koi was one of the fish mentioned and I know there were quite a few koi in the lake before. Since koi are one form of carp, and there were many carp in the lake before, I do believe stocking some (or more) carp might help. Many catfish also eat algae. With a little more investigation, I’m sure one could find many other creatures.

City of Litchfield Park, please give this your urgent attention and get this problem under control. The lake is one of the best features of Litchfield Park. It is beautiful when maintained properly. I hope it soon will be again.

Sharon Green
Litchfield Park

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Gordon Posner's picture

   Just for the record, much as I loathe Lying Trump, I think Kathy Griffin was way out of line.

   Then again, I'm  no fan of her's either.

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