When on Saturday the residents of Clearwater celebrate Military Recognition Day, they will be paying tribute not only to the more than 26-million veterans living today, but also they will be calling to mind the millions of young Americans who have served our country since the Revolutionary War. The numbers take on even more meaning when one relates them to the 648,000 men and women who died in battles from Lexington to the Persian Gulf, and especially to the countless unknowns whom we memorialize with the Tomb of the Unknowns.
It is indeed fitting and proper that we pause once a year to pay our respects to those who have carried the American banner to every continent on Earth and especially to those who have paid the supreme sacrifice or who permanently carry a badge of courage: the wounded and maimed.
Military Recognition Day will involve civic and military units from cities all over Florida. It will consist of a 5-K run, a parade and demonstrations of military equipment, a flyover and beach landings, all accompanied by military music and a memorial ceremony at sunset on Clearwater Beach.
Congratulations to our city commissioners who have had the vision to initiate Military Recognition Day, a fitting memorial to our armed forces, past and present.
David C. Berry, adjutant of the Clearwater Chapter
of the Military Order of the World Wars
Appoint a committee? What leadership!
Re: Let's serve lunch and a good education to all, column, Nov. 3.
When asked how he would solve the problem of irresponsible parents who do not repay their children's loans, columnist Jack Reed replied that he would appoint a committee of parents to resolve the problem of unpaid loans.
What leadership! What acceptance of responsibility! Stick someone else with his problem, step back and let them take the responsibility and the heat. Way to go, "Teflon" Jack. Nothing will ever stick to you.
Richard A. Ebersole, St. Petersburg
Apartment addresses are difficult to see
Re: Clearwater should ensure address numbers are visible, letter, Oct. 28.
I appreciated Mary von Dorn's comments about hard-to-find addresses. Being fairly new to the area, I generally call ahead of time and ask for landmarks, including the big crossroads. But it's not just on the highways.
I had a recent experience where I had to call 911 about 3 a.m. They kept me on the phone till the emergency squad got to the Vinings at Countryside, and assured me help would be right with me. Several minutes later, 911 called me back. They couldn't find the apartment. Luckily, I was still conscious and could give directions.
The buildings are marked up so high it is difficult for drivers to see the numbers, and they are not lit up after dark. There are several breezeways in each building, and nowhere on the outside are apartment numbers marked _ only inside by the individual apartments. As one neighbor put it, "Try and have a pizza delivered!"
Management has assured me this situation will be taken care of. They are putting it in their budget for next year, and they have sent a new map to the emergency folks for 911. Can't you just see the emergency operator getting a call from here and saying to herself, "Oh, we have a new map for that address. Just wait while I look it up."
I can only hope none of my neighbors have any emergencies before management does what should have been done when the place was built.
Jean Dinegar, Clearwater
Clearwater landmarks are beautiful
In the past, I've sometimes criticized the Clearwater City Commission and city staff for actions and decisions that I felt did not make our city more attractive. However, when I see Clearwater landmarks that are especially beautiful, I think that compliments about them should be given.
Among others, there are two local sights that I consistently view with great pleasure and pride. The first is the landscaping on the causeway to Clearwater Beach. The flowers and greenery are always a delight to the eyes _ neatly trimmed and attractively laid out. Those who make it so deserve our thanks.
Also, whenever I see the arch of lights of our Clearwater Pass Bridge standing out against varied background lights, I experience a distinct visual treat. Our lighted bridge, which dominates the westward view from the downtown waterfront and along the causeway, is certainly an impressive sight.
Good work, commissioners and city staff members!
Bill Schwob, Clearwater
Killing duck was act of cruelty
Re: Contrite worker admits to killing duck, article, Oct. 30.
And contrite Darrin Caldwell should be. What he did to the duck was repugnant. Ducks are God's creatures and should be treated with respect.
I hope Caldwell is found guilty of animal cruelty. I further hope he is sentenced to hard time in a duck domain where he has to collect duck droppings while the ducks have the good fortune to peck at his rear!
"Mickey" Weber, East Lake