THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From Our Readers
Issue Date: September 13, 2018
Letter to the Editor:
I am sick and tired of the divisiveness in today's society. I consider myself to be a conservative, which in today's climate is like confessing to a crime.
I worked in sales for many years and I belonged to several organizations. During that time I encountered many people who were liberal. Most of them became my friends. We did something then that I think would be impossible today. We would have spirited but rational discussions about issues we disagreed about. We would listen to each other. By doing so we would find out we agreed about more things than we disagreed about. By listening to other points of view I grew as a person. When did we lose the concept of civility. The French have a phrase, "Viva La Difference", which is a concept I embrace. If everyone agreed with everyone else, think how boring life would be. The fact that each of us is different is what makes life interesting.
Many years ago Rodney King famously said, "Can't we all just get along?" Wouldn't that be refreshing in today's society?
To the Editor:
We would like to thank the staff of the Times and anyone who helped with the awesome job and coverage on the Healing Wall visit to Crivitz, Wisconsin. Very proud and grateful to hear how many folks took time from their busy lives to pay respect to all the brave men and women who gave their lives for our great country and the freedom we all enjoy and all too often take for granted. A much better show than we had in 1968.
God Bless America and all the brave souls named on that wall and the loved ones they left behind.
Thank you Crivitz and surrounding area for planning and hosting the Healing Wall. The memorial and the setting where it was displayed, were both appropriate and beautiful.
We owe a debt of gratitude to all the volunteers that assisted at the event, especially the Vietnam veterans. My wife and I along with my sister and brother-in-law were visitors to view the wall.
Although we looked for only a few names, with assistance from a gracious Vietnam veteran, I must tell you of one of the deceased veterans in particular. His name is Victor David Westphal III, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was in his honor that the first Vietnam veterans Peace and Brotherhood chapel was designed and built as a memorial. David was the eldest son of Dr. Victor and wife, Jeanne Westphal. After David's death and funeral they were faced with the decision of what to do in honor of his remembrance. The year 1968 was the beginning of a design and start of construction of the chapel. It was completed in 1971 and is beautiful and stark site to see and visit. It is situated on a hill over looking the Moreno Valley near the town of AngelFire, New Mexico. It is located just off Hwy. 64 about 25 miles east of Taos. The tale of the chapel and a history of David's life is captured in a book called, David's Story. A casualty of Vietnam by Victor Westphal. Visit www.Vietnamveterans memorial.org.