Play American music on the Fourth of July
Now that Memorial Day is here, the Fourth of July isn’t far behind. There is one thing that gets me really angry about the Fourth of July and that “thing” is the 1812 Overture.
Why, why does every orchestra feel compelled to play it on a holiday that is supposed to celebrate American patriotism? (And I don’t mean nationalism.)
Sure it’s got cannons at the end, but whose damn cannons are they? Why don’t you ask Donald Trump?
So play something American for gosh-darn sakes. Break out the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” or J.P. Sousa, or even Woody Guthrie. Here’s a better suggestion: Play the “Victory at Sea Suite.”
It’s got a tango and a march and a great crashing ending and it celebrates America’s greatest victory — when we really were the good guys. Plus, it was written by that famous American composer, Mr. Rogers.
So, common mister music director or orchestra leader guy, show a little patriotism on the 4th. Who cares that the Ruskie winter froze the bejeebers out of the Grande Armee anyway.
Pardons do dishonor to military, country
The appropriate use of presidential pardons depends on the wisdom of the president.
The Constitution grants the president nearly unlimited powers to pardon. An obvious purpose is to temper justice with mercy.
On Memorial Day, as we honor our service members, many who made the ultimate sacrifice, we have a president who is considering pardoning a group of service members who have exhibited criminal behavior that is plainly in violation of military rules of conduct and the moral values that make our nation great.
This is a sad move by an amoral president that degrades the honor we attach to Memorial Day.
The former commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Charles Krulak, issued a statement that included, “If President Trump issues indiscriminate pardons of individuals accused – or convicted by their fellow service members – of war crimes, he relinquishes the United States’ moral high ground and undermines the good order and discipline critical to winning on the battlefield.”
Let’s quickly examine the three cases.
First is a group of three Marine Corps snipers charged with urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. Next is Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher of the Navy SEALS, accused of shooting unarmed civilians and slitting the throat of an enemy captive. Finally, Major Mathew Golsteyn, an Army Green Beret accused of killing an unarmed Afghan.
Note that all cases are described in detail by both liberal and conservative media, so please check. We can do better.
Don’t limit access to Schenectady PD
The Civil Service board that is responsible for the hiring of Schenectady police officers needs to change its rules.
Currently, you need to have an associate’s degree in college to be a police officer in Schenectady.
These rules should be changed to allow our military to get an exemption after being honorably discharged.
It’s ridiculous that a person with an associate’s degree in English can become a Schenectady police officer, while a combat veteran like my son could not.