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October 8, 2013

Viewpoint: Our flag represents a land of religious freedom

On the hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers,” Sen. John McCain chose a play on words when he titled his first book, “Faith of My Fathers.” While it tells the story of his grandfather and father, who were both admirals, we also learn about Mike Christian, one of McCain’s fellow prisoners of war in the Hanoi Hilton.

Mike Christian grew up poor near Selma, Ala. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy, eventually becoming an officer. As a bomber-navigator, he was shot down over North Vietnam. He and McCain became cellmates. POWs could receive packages from home with handkerchiefs, scarves and other clothing items. From small scraps of such cloth, and a needle he fashioned from bamboo, Christian sewed together an American flag. Every afternoon, they would hang it on the wall of their cell and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. When North Vietnamese guards confiscated his flag, they beat him in front of his other cellmates, puncturing his eardrum and breaking several ribs. After being put back in the cell bleeding and nearly senseless, with his eyes nearly swollen shut, he picked up his needle and began sewing another flag!

Vietnam today is among five Communist countries remaining. We may have won the Cold War, when, at its peak, communism ruled one-third of humanity. The hammer and sickle no longer appears together on any national flag. However, communism still controls around 20 percent of the world’s population. The USA is a nation of immigrants, many of whom came here to flee communism, Islamic theocracies, and other forms of dictatorship.

The book, “Flags of Our Fathers,” by James Bradley, tells the stories of the three survivors among the six who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945. They were Marines Ira Hayes, a Native American of Arizona’s Pima tribe; Rene Gagnon, a French Canadian-American; and Navy Corpsman Jack Bradley, the father of the author. These three traveled around the country doing re-enactments at rallies to get people to buy more war bonds. “Flags of Our Fathers” later became a film. After the war, a troubled, alcoholic Ira Hayes walked and hitchhiked 1,300 miles from the Gila River Reservation in Arizona to Texas to tell the family of Harlon Block that, despite official reports, it was their son among those who had raised the flag, and not someone else, as both had also later been killed in combat.

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  • Viewpoint: Pray for an end to abortion pandemic There are few, if any, conditions of our day that have more impact on our lives than the shameful practice of abortion – a legalized form of murder. There are many who say that should not be spoken in polite society. There are others who buy into the fabrication that since abortion is legal, it must be a non-issue.

    April 23, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Politicians creating instability in public schools

    I will begin this correspondence by stating I have known hundreds of educators from across the state of Indiana. There are a couple of fibers that commonly run through the character of most of these great people, educators truly care about kids, and they do not fear a fair and equitable evaluation.

    April 23, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Academic standards process a model for other states

    The State Board of Education is scheduled to adopt Indiana College and Career Ready standards at a special meeting on April 28.

    April 22, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Resources are available to prevent child abuse The word "courage" is often associated with the fight against child abuse. Front line victim advocates have long recognized the need for courage in order to protect victims. Behind the scene advocates need courage to fight for funding and attention to the cause.

    April 19, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Tree City USA distinction laughable I thoroughly enjoyed your April Fools' editorial announcing that the city of Anderson had received the Tree City USA distinction. Had I not realized it was a joke, I would have choked on my coffee. I was a little concerned that you did not announce to some of the less enlightened readers that it was an April Fools' joke.

    April 19, 2014

  • Letter: Local business gives valued aid to Girl Scouts The Girl Scouts of Central Madison County would like to thank the local Coca-Cola Distribution Center for their wonderful support.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American people still don't know the full truth I think the last presidential election may have been the most corrupt one in the history of this nation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Public should get informed about fracking The League of Women Voters recently offered the viewing of "Gasland part 11" at the library. There were eight people there including myself.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Indianapolis will be the winner with reservoir There have been many articles in The Herald Bulletin both pro and con about the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir. Let me put my two cents worth in, and I am sure that is how some will take it.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American Right makes Left turn The American Right has suddenly made a Left turn on government surveillance after several years supporting George W. Bush's program to eavesdrop on telephone calls and read emails of American citizens without warrants.

    April 16, 2014

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