By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times
In late August there came an e-mail from a man in England. This happens sometimes by mistake because people send us e-mails believing we are the newspaper in Scotland. This e-mail was no error.
The gentleman, Peter Clemens, is searching for a friend of his father’s who was an American soldier during World War II. He was Arville (or Arvel) Wyatt of Austin, Ky.
Here is his initial correspondence: “Dear Mr Brown,
I write to ask if it is possible to help me trace this former soldier who was in camp here prior to the assault on Normandie, they used an old manor house for their camp near our farm, my father became friendly with this man, his name was Arville Wyatt, we think he was from a place called Austin KY. He and a few friends would come to our house and my Mother would give them some tea and food, and they would help with a little work on our farm. I was six years old at the time and I remember when they came to say good bye, after they left our house my Mother cried and said these boys should be home and not here fighting our war. I have a letter from his Father to my Father and said how good it was that someone knew his son.
My late Father’s name was John Clemens, I am Peter J. Clemens.”
Mr. Clemens has re-typed the letters and put them in the mail. I told him we would do our best to find more about Mr. Wyatt and if he or anyone who may be related to him is still in the area. When the letters arrive, there will be more on this story.
In the meantime, if there is someone who can aid in the search, they can contact me at email@example.com or by telephone at 270-678-5171, ext. 234. I will pass along any information to Mr. Clemens and we will see what the appropriate next step should be.
The debate over possible intervention into the Syrian civil war has been interesting. It’s rare to see an issue pull together members of Congress, but to not intervene in Syria has been one of them.
Now, Vladimir Putin, a Russian politician who is little more than a cunning mole, has inserted himself center stage in the issue. He seems to have learned that standing firm on doing nothing is the best way to win, or, at least, gain attention for one’s self.
In Washington D.C., it seems many on the left and right are voicing opposition to intervention in Syria because in their home districts, they have been told by their constituents, “we are done with other people’s conflicts.” They are listening and if a vote by Congress is what President Obama will take to the bank to determine a course of action in Syria, then there will be no action.
We as a nation have clung to the ideology of carrying a big stick, at least since World War II. There seems to be a brewing question of whether it is time for us to put down the stick in favor of using the money elsewhere. There have been plenty times recently where “we have our own problems to fix” has been uttered as a statement against military action in other nations.
When it comes to foreign policy, we have a question as a nation that we must ask and answer. If we put down the stick, who picks it up? Are we willing to allow a hold over from Soviet politics to become the stick barer? Some third-world despot whose power comes from a stockpile of nuclear weapons and a willingness to sell arms to anyone able to pay?
Surely, even those who disagree with everything our president does would rather see he take a stand than watch Putin steal the stage.
On the lighter side, I leave you with this:
AMHERST, Mass. — In what's become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish.
About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds. The salad was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool.
A Guinness World Records representative certified the record.
UMass in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.
James Brown is editor for the Glasgow Daily Times. He can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org