REMEMBER THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN IRAQ
This Memorial Day takes on a new meaning and seriousness for the spouses, families and friends of the more than 100 American service men and women who lost their lives in the war in Iraq.
Memories are flooding parents' minds today: recollections of children learning how to ride bicycles, teenagers attending their first proms, high school seniors lining up to receive their diplomas, and young people donning a soldier's or sailor's uniform and waving goodbye.
Some family and friends of those who died in Iraq may be wondering if their sacrifice was worth it for the good of the United States and for cause of peace and freedom in the world.
Saddam Hussein, who threatened the world and brought pain to many of his countrymen, is out of the picture, and there are signs that the Iraqi people are being given more control over their future. The Associated Press reported Friday that the security organizations that supported Saddam's regime have been dissolved. And a new defense force is being set up "representative of all Iraqis."
Meanwhile, the United States' war on terrorism is being waged elsewhere. Problems persist. Will Iran cease harboring terrorists or will the issue blow up into another major battle? Will the nations of the Middle East become a united force in trying to stamp out terrorism? Will the Palestinians and Israelis find ways to treat each other civilly?
Those who lost sons or daughters in the Iraq war can be proud of the courage and commitment their loved ones showed. Still, Memorial Day is a time to remember the Little League games of their youth, the excitement of driving a car for the first time and the beauty of seeing relationships formed. It is also a time to reflect on what could have been.
Make it happen
Redevelopment on the Bohnenkamp property on Adams Avenue has been a priority of the city for several years.
Everyone should agree that doing something constructive on the burned-out property will add immeasurably to the attractiveness of downtown. So why would people start complaining about the city's decision to set aside 30 parking sites for future residents of the Telos Development Company building?
We applaud the city council for assuring Telos' president David Glenie that it supports the development project and will do what it can to make it a reality. For too long, downtown has been plagued by unattractive building facades and empty stores. The Telos development will be another positive step to help downtown.
As far as the loss of parking spaces, the best way to improve the situation for customers is to make sure that the employees who work downtown park off the main streets in areas designated for long-term parking.