By: Martha SparksSociety Editor
October 14, 2012
Veterans who live in the Charleston area and south need a cemetery for southern veterans.
Donald R Workman
The way it was
I have been out of the area for the last 12 years and can tell you that I love the area I grew up in. The memories of playing with true friends and running around in the hills will always be my fondest thoughts.
I now live in Killeen, Texas. I bought a home here while still in the Army and we, as a family, decided that this would be our home. I have been retired from the military just over six years now. I was injured in Iraq and medically retired. After many surgeries, I still remain in a great deal of pain.
I grew up with Major Richard Ojeda. I can remember when he came home on leave and told us about the Army and was very proud of what he had accomplished. I was working at the time at a mining repair shop and felt that I was at a dead end. I enjoyed the thought of seeing other places and fighting for the freedoms our country is known for. Even though I was injured in combat and have the problems I have and share now with my family, I wouldn’t take back any of it.
The military is not for everyone. It doesn’t mean that you are better than others because you joined and served, it simply means that you are following your beliefs. I was able to get an education while in the military. My family didn’t have the money to send me to school at the time. I am now working in the field that I got my degree in. I was able to buy a nice home, save up enough for both of my sons to further their schooling and with the profession I have now, I am able to provide even more for my family. Long story short, I owe a small amount of this to a simple conversation I had with a friend over a beer at the end of the road up Whitman Creek.
Was the military good for me? Yes. Is it good for everyone? No. Do I try to promote the lifestyle on others? No. I made the decision to join based on my own beliefs in support of my Country and to better my life. Do I miss Whitman and my friends there? Of course I do. If I could, I would love to move back and stand beside my friends and try to get my hometown back to the way it was when I was young. But I know that it will never be that way again.
Don’t misunderstand me, when I am able to come home I jump at the chance. Logan county is my home, no matter where I may live. But all reading this must accept that it has changed a lot. Perhaps it’s because I don’t see it everyday that I can tell the problems that is evident. I love Logan. I have seen how good places can go bad and regrettably, Logan is one of them. The actions of a few have ran down what was a wonderful place to raise a family.
This is the part where you reading this will get upset at what I am saying. Believe me when I say this, it hurts me to write it. Logan needs to have people that can recognize the problems and try to come up with a solution. I’m not putting the people of Logan down by saying this. I have the greatest respect for most who live there. I am just saying that there are problems that could be handled easily by pro-active means.
I have read many letters on here and many of them oppose what my friend has to say. That is your right. But can you fault the man for trying to make Logan better? If you think that drugs, prostitution among other issues aren’t a problem, then perhaps you don’t look out of your windows of your cars while you drive through certain areas. I stand beside my friends beliefs that he, along with the citizens concerned, can make Logan better. How can you fault him for that?
Who cares what he did when he was young. I was one of the kids who fought with him constantly. Now, we are close friends. Again, I am not trying to make enemies by what I’ve wrote. If that is how you choose to make it this way, so be it.
Fair Tax Plan
The unemployment report at 7.8 percent with 32 days left before the election gives a false impression. Not counted were those who have stopped looking for a job, unemployment is closer to 14 percent with over 23,000,000 Americans unemployed or underemployed.
More people are looking to the Fair Tax Plan to solve this nation’s economic woes. It would
(1) give every worker their full paycheck
(2) permit businesses to compete in the world market without having to pay high taxes
(3) Require all the current tax dodgers to pay their fair share.
Any doubters this would work need only think what would happen if everyone has their full paycheck to put back into the economy and if every business and individual did not have to pay federal income taxes or report anything to the IRS ever again.
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Roy T. Newsom