Honor Flight to Washington DC
by Ron Renner - Louisville, NE
We got on a plane bound for Washingtion DC at 6am that included about
75 WWII veterans and several "Gaurdians" that went along to help their
Dads that couldn't get around without some assistance. They were given
T shirts to wear in order to identify them from the rest of the
tourists. On the back was the inscription;
"If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a Veteran." I thought it should have said; "Thank a WWII Veteran", because without their efforts, we could very well be speaking a different language today. All wars since have paled in their importance to world freedom.
I have to say, after spending the day with this group, I believe Tom Brokaw aptly named them when he called them the "Greatest Generation ". Many were in wheel chairs, some had catheters and oxygen hose strapped to them but I never saw a one of them close their eyes until we boarded the plane to come home about 8pm. The tourists out there were more than gracious. I don't know how many times I saw a stranger come up to Dad and shake his hand and thank him for his service.
Dad was drafted in April of 1943 while still in high school. He could have received a deferrment until he graduated but elected to go into the service of his country. He volunteered for Airborne training and became part of the 17th Airborne divison , fighting alongside the 101st Airborne Division at the Battle of the Bulge
where he was wounded in January 1945. Returning to his unit in February he participated in an airborne assault across the Rhine River into Germany. During this assault his unit suffered over 1500 killed, wounded or missing. After the war in Europe ended, he was sent to the South Pacific in preperation for the invasion of Japan. Fortunately, while on the ship headed for the Phillipines, the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and the war ended.
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Watching the mixture of yellow, purple, white, and red signs pop up in around Louisville and reading the letters to the editor in the Plattsmouth Journal, I have been primarily a bystander in the battle of FOR and AGAINST the Louisville School Bond. As the ballots came out last week, though, I decided I needed to share my opinion. So I’m not one of the folks who have written already; I’m not one of the dedicated volunteers who went door to door. I am a concerned citizen and I just want to share why I am FOR the bond and why I encourage others to vote FOR the bond.
For me it really comes down to safety, cost, quality, and truth.
Safety issues are huge in the Louisville schools. Crossing Highway 50 for track practice because Louisville does not have one is a horrible accident waiting to happen. Playing volleyball, basketball, or playing elementary physical education games in the elementary school gym with its hard tile floor is one severe concussion away from tragedy. One way in and out of the parking area near the high school office and with a traffic flow right past the elementary is just one child’s quick dart out into traffic away from heartbreak. And unless we wish to purchase hearing aids 20 years from now for every band student because the room isn’t made to handle the excessive decibels created by our large band, we have to resolve that problem. A vote FOR the bond addresses all of these troubles.
Building costs have not been lower for many years. Stimulus funds from the federal government are available now with a short window for use. The harsh reality is if our community waits to find a “better solution” we will most likely get much less for our money. I don’t know of anyone who would CHOOSE to get less for their dollar. A vote FOR the bond right now gets us the best deal we are going to get.
There is a reason Louisville High School was named by Business Week magazine on January 15 of this year as the BEST overall academic performance school in the entire state of Nebraska. (Google it – it’s there!) This kind of recognition for the quality of our school doesn’t come by looking backward. It comes from looking forward and embracing progress as Louisville voters have consistently done. It’s by making sure we have good facilities that attract good teachers and send the message to students that they are valued. It comes by benchmarking ourselves not against the lowest quality facilities in our conference and our area but benchmarking ourselves against what is needed for today and the future. Communities who invest in their schools attract young families who expand our tax base and invest in our town. Communities who do not – they end up with people who don’t care about the community in general but just want a place to lay their head at night.
The most upsetting thing to me with the Louisville bond issue – besides the division of our community – is the untruths that have been spread. Nearly all the money going to extracurricular activities? Nope. Read the figures from the superintendent’s office. They are by law required to be truthful. Don’t we only need a 6-lane track? Only if you never want to host an event and recoup costs (or if you prefer to look backward); no one has built a 6-lane track in years! Astroturf? Nope. It’s regular grass. Losing a ball field? Nope. Legion ball can be played at Ash Grove field with minor changes. Softball field will be located right at school. Taxes going up by double digits? Nope. If I have a $200,000 house I will spend about the equivalent of one fast food combo meal a month. If I have a $100,000 house I will spend about the equivalent of one fast foods kids’ combo meal a month. This is just a start . . . . look at the truth and please vote FOR the bond and get your ballot in the mail as soon as you can. I don’t know about you, but I think I can do without one combo meal a month.
Allison Bauers( A Guest Editorial is Available to Any Louisville Resident w/ Approval)