Remember the Pearl Harbor attack

On Friday, we commemorated the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. On this date the Japanese attack on the U.S. was the start of World War ll. After the attack, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan.

More than 2,400 men, women and children died during the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As those able to provide firsthand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack leave the ranks of the living, it is up to us to keep their legacies alive.

For Pearl Harbor is also the story of a remarkable comeback. The Japanese thought they would strike an early and crippling blow to America’s naval and air capabilities. They failed. Despite the advantage of surprise exploited by the Japanese planes and submarines, the feisty Americans at Pearl Harbor still destroyed 29 enemy aircraft, damaged 29 others and sank or beached five mini-subs. Six American battleships that were sunk or damaged during the attack were restored, refloated and returned to service. Survivors who were physically able to continue their service fought on for the duration of the war. For the United States, Pearl Harbor marked the beginning of a war. For Japan, it was the beginning of the end. And for those wounded or killed, those heroes of more than 75 years ago, we shall always be grateful.

God bless our World War II veterans, and God bless America.

 

Huey P. O’Neal

West Monroe

 

Our wimpy president

President Trump, our wimpy president, flew across the Atlantic Ocean to France to participate in ceremonies honoring the military personnel who fought and died in World War I, but he couldn't attend the ceremonies at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery due to light rain.

The cemetery has 2,288 graves, including many Americans who fought in the Aisne-Marne Offensive and the Battle of Belleau Wood. My wife's father, Alton Christmas Jones, who was gassed in France, and her uncle William Howard Jones were marines who fought at Belleau Wood. Our wimpy president sent Chief of Staff John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford to attend the ceremonies. Kelly and Dunford are true Americans.

Dignitaries who visited various World War I sites included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, but Trump stayed dry.

Our military fights and dies in all types of weather, including rain, snow, the heat and the cold. The president says he cares about our military, but in the two years since his election he has not visited our military in an active war zone. He has disrespected our military and is a disgrace to our country.

 

Donald Moskowitz

Londonderry, N.H.

 

Paul Manaford does not deserve a pardon

Earlier this year Paul Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to file and two counts of bank fraud. The jury found Manafort hid millions in offshore accounts from tax authorities derived from aiding foreign powers, spending the money to support an extravagant lifestyle and then defrauding banks out of millions more when his money ran low. Now Special Counsel Robert Mueller is accusing him of violating his plea agreement to avoid a trial on additional charges by lying to the FBI.

A new poll from Law Works found 62 percent of Republicans believe indictments against Trump associates generated by the Mueller probe should not be dropped or dismissed. Yet it is possible President Trump will issue a pardon to this morally bankrupt man for one reason and one reason alone: He is willing to lie to protect the president or those around him from accountability. No American, and certainly not a president charged with duly administering the laws, should countenance allowing a man who cheated the United States and its citizens for such nefarious purposes to avoid the consequences of his crimes.

Pardons are meant to rectify injustice, not create it. Under no circumstances should President Trump pardon Paul Manafort.

Kayla Gowdy

Communications director, Republicans for the Rule of Law