Trump AWOL

on Memorial Day

These last few days Americans nationwide are commemorating the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Over 1 million lives lost since 1900, a number multiplied if one includes the Civil War, ending only 35 years before. Flags and red poppies, parades, services of remembrance for loved ones, loss mixed with pride, tears, across our nation.

Also, the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June, a turning point for Allied forces in Europe to erase the Nazi plague. And, the 77th anniversary of another landmark, the battle of Midway in the Pacific in 1942, also in early June, when the Americans took the offensive against the Empire of Japan.

So, where is the commander-in-chief, the U.S. president? In Japan, golfing with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attending the sumo wrestling national championship match, and at an audience with the new emperor, Naruhito. Not at Arlington National Cemetery or offering the nation a speech of comfort, support, for our troops, past and present.

Mr. Trump will return to Japan for the G-20 meeting in late June. So why visit the empire now, during Memorial Day in the U.S.? Quite strange but perhaps expected considering his domestic troubles, his complete ignorance of our history, and his total disconnect with the citizenry.

Nicholas Freidin


Bill would help with lymphedema

Following soon after surgery for uterine cancer in 2010, I developed lymphedema in my left leg.

Lymphedema is a condition that often times results from cancer, but not always. It is a condition that requires much time and attention and is quite costly. It is uncomfortable and painful and can lead to further issues.

Insurance does not assist with the cost of medical equipment or in my situation, custom-made compression garments, or any necessary items related to the maintenance of the medical equipment.

This needed assistance with the help of my Lord, I have been able to have, although it would be a godsend to everyone and myself to have the assistance of medical insurance.

In behalf of all who are battling this condition of lymphedema, please consider passing the House and Senate bill that will help us who have the condition.

Laura McCoy

Portsmouth, Ohio


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