I received an email from the National Headquarters of The American Legion today, the day after Christmas. It states that the Dallas VA Medical Center denied school children the distribution of handmade Christmas cards to veteran patients because the cards referenced the holiday by name - Christmas. The email further states that the VA Hospital in Augusta Georgia turned away school kids that came to sing Christmas carols as they have done the past couple of years. When the kids walked in, the VA gave them a list of songs that were permissible to sing, presumably non-secular.
On October 8th, I received a message from The American Legion National Headquarters regarding VA public services closed because of the continuing government shutdown. Military men and women expect they may be sent to foreign lands to fight for our national interests. And, they realize they may be injured or killed while performing these patriotic duties. However, it is unconscionable that our government would choose to put them in harms way in our own country.
I find it interesting the movement of an Air Force fighter squadron from Fairbanks to Anchorage is causing so much controversy. Naturally, Fairbanks doesn't want to lose the infusion of federal paychecks into their economy.
A couple of years ago I requested to be on the distribution list for Representative Les Gara's newsletter. I did this because a friend forwarded one to me and I found his opinions enlightening.
I wonder if anyone has really considered all aspects of the state building their own large diameter pipeline from the North Slope to tidewater?
By government estimates, Alaskans are sitting on trillions of feet of natural gas. Yet, on a recent local news broadcast local power companies warned that increased customer costs are just around the corner. Why? Because available gas is decreasing and it will become necessary to purchase LNG from outside sources to meet the demand.
Ever see the movie, "Field of Dreams"? It's about an Iowa corn farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field and the ghosts of Chicago White Sox players would come to play. In the movie, he built the field and they came. It was a good movie, but none the less, fiction.
Federal laws exist concerning visas, applying for U.S. citizenship, and illegal immigration. However, media reports indicate government hasn't been enforcing those laws to the letter.
I wonder how much sympathy our congressmen and congresswoman are going to get when requesting appropriations for Alaska in the future. Once Congress finds out our legislature and governor appropriated $2 million for individuals living in remote areas of the state to fly in to Anchorage to attend basketball games, I don't think it will be much. And, how can anyone associated with that decision justify it? Apparently, all the other needs of the state have been met. Amazing, utterly amazing!
I was disheartened to read about Herb Stettler's home fire a couple of days ago. I have known Herb for several years through my association with The American Legion. A few years back Herb was submitted for and was selected as the Legionnaire of the Year for Alaska. I understand he won a similar award from the VFW. These awards were for his commitment to veterans, their well-being, and his support for local veterans' issues. There's a lot of competition for these awards and being selected is an honor.
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