Tonawanda News — •••
On this Fourth of July weekend, an email came through that you may have read, but is worth repeating.
The email read: “Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story has been all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.
“Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and a thief.
“The same can be said about drug addict Philip Seymour Hoffman who died with a needle stuck in his arm.
“Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding (and short-lived marriage) was shoved down our throats, while ... Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matthew Weikert, 29; Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Jesse Reed, 26; Matthew Johnson, 21; Zachary Fisher, 24; Brandon King, 23; Christopher Goeke, 23; and Sheldon Tate, 27 — are all Marines who gave their lives last month for you.
“There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names. They were young men who most likely came from rural America seeking a chance to better themselves and to serve this country.
“We should honor them. Rest In Peace, and thank you, troops.”
And thanks to all who have given their lives — and limbs — for our freedom, no matter what war or conflict in which they served.
Glad to see the Tonawanda City Council reversed its decision to allow parking on the street in the summer. I’m a bit surprised at Carlton Zeisz’s comment that he was against it, saying that “(the city) has survived these past 60 years like this.”
It seems thinking “it’s always been done that way” is a major stumbling block to changes in the city. North Tonawanda seems to have gotten over that thinking and is moving ahead. C’mon Tonawanda, you’re just as great a city and have to show people how good it is to live here.