Letters to the Editor - updated May 12
Norman Thomas once said
For those too young to have read today's revised history, back in the ancient times of political history in America, in the ‘30s and ‘40s, the Communists, Socialists, Fascists and the German Bund party groups promoting Nazism were busy agitating, protest marching and making a ruckus in general.
Running for president was Gus Hall, on the Communist ticket. Norman Thomas was the Socialist candidate. Thomas ran repeatedly and then one day was asked by a reporter why he decided not to run.
Thomas answered, “There is no need for me to run. I believe my job is done.”
Another quotation from Thomas was, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”
Dale E. Lauffer
Several years ago a group of people set up a table on a sidewalk with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
They were there to take a survey to find out how many people in today’s world would be willing to sign the document. For the people who stopped to find out what the survey was about, it was explained what happened to some of the original signers.
After finding out that the patriots of 1778 were threatened with treason, were shot, and that some signers had lost all of their fortune and some had had their homes burned down to the ground, they all reneged.
This explains the type of government we have today. Thomas Jefferson said, “For tyrants and tyranny to become successful, is for good men to do nothing.” Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet, “Sunshine Patriots.” It’s a good read.
Dale E. Lauffer
An Easter thanks from Westgate Park
Westgate Recreation Center would like to thank everyone who braved the weather and made this year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt a success.
Very big thanks to our sponsors, the Westgate Community Council and the Hilltop Lions Association.
Other donations and prizes came from Hilltop Kiwanis Club, Jerry Spears Funeral Home, Schoedingers Funeral Home, McDonald’s, VFW Post 4044, Jack’s Coneys, AIDs Awareness, Arby’s, Brookshire Foodliner, Community Dental, Donato’s Pizza, Hometown Buffet, Josie’s Pizza, Joseppi’s Pizza (Lincoln Park), Massey’s Pizza, TeeJays Country Place, Westway Paint and Body Shop, Wendy’s (Sullivant Avenue), and White Castle.
Volunteers from the Westgate Community Recreation Council, Boy Scout Troop #33, Fire Station House #12, the Easter Bunny, Friends of Westgate Park and the other Rec Center friends that were present and helped run the event. Thank you all for wading through the mud and standing water and doing a fine job!
Carol Adams, manager
Resident feels unrest with trash collection