Frivolous medals degrade meaning

I love American war heroes. However, my kind of heroes are the breed of Audie Murphy, Roger Young and Colin Kelly of the World War II generation.
The Army permitted and the media pushed to call Jessica Lynch an American hero. I suspect that had she been a man, none of us would have heard a blip about her so-called exploits, mainly because there were none.
One is not a hero when they’re captured by the enemy unless something heroic was accomplished during the process of being captured.
Jessica received wounds in the performance of her duties and they give the Purple Heart for recognition of that event. I understand she was awarded the Bronze Star. For what? I would like someone to tell me what heroic deed she accomplished to be awarded the Bronze Star.
The Bronze Star is degraded when it is presented for frivolous military accomplishments. The bar must be raised, not lowered, to give our military their just due and be a proud recipient of the award.
Can one believe Jessica has made a book deal for $1 million and she actually believes she is a hero? Well, she is not a hero. If you want to buy her book, happy reading.
I am proud of the medals I earned in my 32 years of military service, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service under combat conditions in Vietnam.
Ruben A. Pro

Ten Commandments column right on
I called Kay Arvizu and thanked her personally for her excellent article in last Sunday’s CNJ, “Alabama Commandments issue isn’t isolated.”
We hear consistent babbling, judges rulings, political bashing against anything and everything to do with God and religion.
I wonder how many of these people have read the Constitution. For the benefit of those who haven’t, I’d like to quote the first amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
For starters, Congress did not “establish” my religious beliefs and it has no right to prohibit my free exercise thereof.
Now read the amendment again. It doesn’t say I have to practice my belief behind closed doors or in a dark room in a back alley out of public view so I don’t offend anyone. It doesn’t say the Ten Commandments can’t be displayed on the courthouse lawn. It doesn’t say our children can’t pray in school.
What we need to say now is “God have mercy on all of us — those who are trying to make God leave America and the rest of us for letting it happen.”
Bert Siemering

Rereational avenues important for kids
Children who frequent Patrick Sandoval Park are once again a forgotten segment of our population in Clovis.
The Capital Improvement Plan did not include the funds for the playground equipment for this forgotten park (the only park without a large playground structure). The city’s answer was to place two additional swings. This brings the total playground equipment to one slide and four swings. How long will the children in the neighborhood have to wait for a large playground structure?
We must provide “recreational” avenues for all of our children. We must steer them away from gang activities. I say, we must show all children in our community that we care. I say, we must provide free access to recreational activities. Right now, it’s recreation for those who can afford it.
We have children in our community who cannot go swimming every day in the summer because of the costs. We have children who cannot participate in sport camps because of the costs. When will we have access to a real city-run recreational department (not a pay and play scenario)?
Clovis, stand up and show that you truly care about all of our youth.
Rhonda Griego Roberts