The Greatest Generation and the draft
To the editor:
I am a product of the Greatest Generation and a Vietnam veteran. The Greatest Generation is easily defined. Simply put, that generation, raised in the 1920s and ‘30s, was without a doubt the product of the Great Depression and the product of immigrants.
These immigrants, I might add, never had any help from the government in any way and were drafted en masse to fight in Europe and Asia. They served with pride, honor and valor, fighting the Nazis under Hitler, the Italians under Mussolini and the Japanese under Hirohito.
The carnage that followed was bloody, to say the least, with casualties in the hundreds of thousands.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor did nothing but galvanize our nation, and without the help and the dedication of virtually every man and child in the country, we might have crumbled.
I am in my 73rd year, and I dare say that in this generation we don’t see the love of country, the devotion or the willingness to serve as our forefathers did.
I do not see in this current generation the same will to serve. With their spoiled background, they have endured a spineless upbringing. Everybody gets a trophy, win or lose.
I dare my congressmen and senators to submit legislation to reinstitute the draft for men and women 18 to 24 years of age — this should apply to women in non-combat roles — with no less than a six-year obligation, the same as my generation 50 years ago. This legislation should also include current immigrants across the board.
Philip Lacroix Jr.
Local veterans get some housing help
To the editor:
At the May 21 North Andover Town Meeting, the voters approved $461,894 for veterans housing from the Community Preservation Committee fund. This was the final step necessary in securing the funding needed to establish the first affordable housing units dedicated to veterans in North Andover in 60 years.
Earlier this year. the North Andover Veterans Housing Task Force, a subcommittee of the Patriotic Observance Committee, decided to try to do something about helping the growing number of veterans and veterans’ families struggling to pay their rents in addition to all their other expenses. Some were forced to move out of town and others were on the edge of homelessness.
The task force looked at a variety of solutions and worked with town departments to sort out what made the most sense. We had many questions that needed answers, and as the months went by we finally decided the best approach would be to purchase a distressed property, rehabilitate it and produce modern, affordable housing units for our veterans in need.
The property would be owned and maintained by the nonprofit Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, an expert in veterans housing.
The Task Force would like to thank the voters of North Andover for their support of this project, along with the Community Preservation Committee, the town manager, the Board of Selectmen, the Building Department, the Assessor’s Office and the Community Development Office.
To keep the cost of this project reasonable, we are also depending on the residents of North Andover to help out by donating some of their expertise or time or even materials to make this new veterans housing renovation happen. We are currently seeking an architect/engineer who could help us with the design and layout of the new housing. If you are able to contribute to this support of our veterans in any way, please contact John Ratka, executive director of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 65 Cedar Street, Haverhill. Call (978) 521-9668 or (603) 553-6709 or e-mail email@example.com.
North Andover Veterans Housing Task Force
Liberal fascists seek to suppress dissent
To the editor:
There was a time when liberals in America were the defenders of civil rights against
an establishment government. Now they ARE the establishment.
In the past, they fought for freedom of speech; now they try to restrict speech with which they disagree. In the past, they fought for freedom of the press. Today they harrass, spy upon, investigate and castigate reporters, for having contrary political views.
The very same people who whined about the Patriot Act as violative of civil rights, now champion the IRS targeting their opponents for no other reason than that they have the wrong opinions and have criticized the president.
Who was it who said, “To criticize this or any administration is the highest form of patriotism”? Oh, yes, it was Hillary Clinton, for whom it does not matter that her ambassador was murdered on her failed State Department watch.