Good Calls on Melvoin, Measure C

Re: “May 16 Election Endorsements,” Editorial, May 11

Kudos to The Argonaut for sticking to its guns and recommending a yes for Nick Melvoin and a no on Measure C, just as the LA Times and scores of others did. Your reasoned support for this independent, pragmatic way of thinking far outweighs the liberal union-member cries for more of the same old approach. The burgeoning Silicon Beach firms in Playa Vista and Santa Monica have succeeded by introducing creative new ideas and innovating concepts in ways that local and national politicians in both parties should attempt to emulate.

Roy Reel, Culver City

What Memorial Day Really Means

My father — George Vreeland Hill Sr., who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War — wrote this about Memorial Day in 2007, seven months before he died:

“It seems to me that Memorial Day has lost much of its meaning. We talk about department store shopping sprees, visits to the mall and outdoor picnics — all fitting and proper for
any Saturday afternoon day of fun, of course, but not for Memorial Day.

“In my mind, this is not a day of celebration but of solemn remembrances of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the name of freedom. Memorial Day is a time to hang out the flag and to hear speeches honoring our brave soldiers from all wars — from the battles of Valley Forge and Gettysburg to World War II, Korea, Vietnam and conflicts in the Middle East.

“True Americans have always answered the call of duty and, as they say, we fight for mom, the flag and apple pie. In other words, for freedom and a way of life we all cherish and love.

“If the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country could speak from their graves, they might say: ‘Enjoy the day, but please remember us. After all, this is truly our day.’”

George Vreeland Hill

Beverly Hills