Remembering Remembrance Day

I was in London this fall and had a wonderful time. One unexpected pleasure was seeing so many people wearing colorful red paper poppies. I found out very quickly that the poppies were to commemorate Remembrance Day, a holiday that honors veterans. I witnessed the importance of this holiday by appeals for donations and, more importantly, the acknowledgment of the sacrifices of their veterans. This contrasts sharply with my experience of Veterans Day or Memorial Day in the United States. These holidays are often thought of in terms of a three-day weekend. I do see veterans outside of local markets handing out poppies, but people often rush by with disinterest and I rarely see the poppies being worn. I plan to do more in the future than display our flag by planting some red poppies in my yard and at a nearby school garden. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see local officials, teachers, firefighters, children, moms and dads all proudly wearing red poppies to honor and remember our veterans?

Linda Campopiano

Walnut Creek

Second Amendment 'confusing'

The words of Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution are confusing and should be repealed until more modern language is found.

Amendment II currently reads, "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

When heard verbally I interpret this as my right to keep and bare my right and left arms to hug a woman.

Ralph Hoffmann

Walnut Creek



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