Marking the victory over Nazi Germany

Reader: U.S. should have attended event

As I was watching TV and reading the Dayton Daily News recently, the victory parade in Moscow and the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, I kept asking myself why the western countries, including the United States didn’t attend this historic event.

Politics has got nothing to do with the celebration of the victory over Nazi Germany in Europe. Russia defeated Hitler’s plan of a thousand-year Reich. Russia lost over 20 million people, more than all the allies together. They deserve praise, not exclusion from the western countries.

All the western countries, including the U.S., should have attended such a historic event. I believe President Bush attended the 60th anniversary in Moscow. I believe that all the western countries, including the U.S., should apologize for not attending.

I, as a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz, am grateful to the Russian army for liberating me and others from the most notorious concentration camp. Russia was the first country who liberated Auschwitz from Nazi Germany. We must not forget. — SAMUEL HEIDER, HARRISON TWP.

Reader thanks Dayton VA

Recently, I have spoken to several Korean and Vietnam veterans. I have been thanking them for their service and much of the time it leads to the question, “Do you use the Dayton VAMC?”

Too many of the responses were, “No, I had a bad experience there many years ago.” My response is very positive. I ask them to try again. I explain that the Dayton VA director Glenn Costie and the staff of all the departments in the hospital have improved 95 percent. No VA or private facility is 100 percent perfect. I also explain that the patient advocates will listen to their complaint and respond to the problem rapidly.

I do thank Mr. Costie and all staff for this tremendous improvement. So to all my fellow veterans, give the Dayton VAMC another try. — VALERIE LEMIEUX, UNION

Reader: Restricting military gear not a solution

Re “Military gear for police restricted,” May 19: Associated Press writer Nedra Pickler tells us about President Obama’s new policy to limit military gear for police. In so doing, she says Obama reiterated his call for overhauling sentencing practices for non-violent drug crimes and then immediately quotes him: “We can’t ask the police to be the ones to solve the problem when there are no able-bodied men in the community or kids are growing up without intact households.” I totally agree with that Obama comment, but Pickler makes no connection or association between that quote and the need to restrict military gear for the police and overhaul sentencing practices for non-violent drug crimes.

If Obama believes that police, military gear, the perception that communities have of police, people’s lack of trust in police and sentencing practices are the issues to be dealt with, why even bother to mention the lack of able-bodied men and kids growing up without intact households? The real and most important question is what can be done to fix the problem with black households, not the police, their gear and sentencing practices, but Obama and Pickler don’t seem to have much desire to address that. — JOSEPH BRAFFORD, BEAVERCREEK

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