In this April 28, 1965 file photo, U.S. Marine infantry stream into a suspected Viet Cong village near Da Nang in Vietnam on April 28, 1965. Filmmaker Ken Burns 10-part documentary about the war began Sept. 17 on PBS.
I highly recommend the new 10-part PBS series on Vietnam, created by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
Though it will not please the ultra right (too antiwar) or the ultra left (not enough political analysis), the series gives a thorough and fair account of the war. Just as Homer narrated the Iliad from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives, Burns and Novick include, without judgment, both sides of the conflict.
The series also explores how the war was fought at home. Our current culture wars can be traced, in large part, to our deeply divided response to that war.
Burns and Novick are, for good reason, reluctant to make connections to later American military interventions, but these connections are obvious. In Vietnam, we became mired in a civil war in a country already decimated by an earlier French war of imperialism. We sided with an infamously corrupt regime. Flash forward to ongoing wars in the Middle East, a region torn apart by civil war, imperialism and corruption.
The Vietnam series makes it painfully clear that these wars are doomed from the start. The PBS series on the Vietnam War is television history at its best.
I am responding to Sunday's letter to the editor that said the State Journal is leaning "more and more to the left" and "junior-high-school-level cartoonist Phil Hands" should respect the president.
I do not know if Hands would portray other winning candidates as clowns, as he did to Donald Trump in Thursday's cartoon. I do know that President Trump has been eager for as much notoriety as possible.
He has shown twists of temperament and vulgarity at every turn. Trump is rich ground for a cartoonist and likely makes some political cartoonists feel it is their duty to bring his policies and character to the fore of their work.
It would be optimal, as stated by the letter writer, to help the president "make America great again." But how can you get behind a president who is so divisive and constantly uses inflammatory comments? He is unprepared and ignorant about carefully created strategies. He doesn't seem to listen to prudent advisers or take established science into account.
I am willing to support a president who has fairly won an election. The exception is when he lies frequently and then uses outrageous spin on established facts. There is a limit.
The characterizations of the president by cartoonists eases the pain of having Trump represent our country. And I need a humor break.
Why is it so hard for these football players to honor our flag and our national anthem.
If we go to another country, we will honor their anthem or pledge without any questions. Many veterans take pride in these songs and our flag. These players should just be respectful in honor of those who have given their lives defending our freedoms.
I just don't get why it is so hard to find another way to express their grief without disrespecting our flag and our country's freedoms.
I was in the Army for over 28 years. By confusing the "take a knee" NFL protests with being disrespectful to the military, President Donald Trump shows he does not understand why the military exists in this country. Our military ensures that we as citizens have the right to speak out against anything we want to, especially our government.
The military is there to protect our constitutional rights, which include the First Amendment's freedom of expression. It is an insult to say that speaking out against the actions or policies of our government or policymakers or the disenfranchisement of our minorities in this nation is unpatriotic and disrespectful to our military. If we feel there is wrong in this world, it is our right and duty to speak up. The president and others have no clue what our military is for. They are the ones who are unpatriotic.
Unfortunately, Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are trying to take away these same rights of expression by introducing and soon voting on legislation which will severely inhibit our rights of assembly and freedom of speech. We need to be watchful and skeptical of lawmakers who want to limit our rights in any way.