JOPLIN, Mo. —
Kayla Johnson, Second place
Grade 9, Joplin High School
Parent, Jerry Johnson
Teacher, Linda Unser
How have veterans defended my freedom and liberty? Veterans have saved many lives, and they have defended liberty, safety, and most importantly, freedom everywhere in the world. I believe freedom is very important because without it, people have no say in anything in their lives. We continue to have the privileges we enjoy because our soldiers are fighting in parts of the world where freedom is being threatened.
Life has not always been the way it is today. For example, during World War II, our soldiers fought in Europe, Northern Africa and in the Pacific against dictators and tyrants who were trying to overrun countries and impose their political views on them. Even though there were very real threats to both our coastlines, these brave men were not fighting on our soil. Our enemies in World War II were very real. Similarly, the soldiers who fought in Korea and later in Vietnam knew the enemy; it was communism. They were fighting to protect the freedom of the Asian countries against its spread in that part of the world. In these wars, men and women made sacrifices to secure freedom for people who were defenseless.
Our world is very dangerous today. Unlike other wars, invisible enemies attack our institutions and threaten our way of life through acts of terrorism. Our soldiers are fighting around the world against those who would destroy our country. I feel safe and secure in my home, my community, and nation because of their bravery. Sometimes I feel sad that there are no ticker tape parades for these returning veterans. One way I can show my appreciation is to happily march in my high school band in our local Veterans Day parade.
Our veterans have been the champions of liberty and freedom in the world. Not everybody is capable of defending his or her own rights, so we have veterans who do it for us. They care enough about our country and way of life to do something incredibly brave for others.
I am very happy that there is a Veterans Day so we can thank these brave men and women for their help. Our veterans care so much that they protect people they don’t even know. They are the superheroes of this nation. They may not know everyone they protect, but everyone they protect knows them, and should thank them.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Kayla Johnson, Second place
Your Letters: Curbside recycling issue, City council agendas
Where’s the benefit?
Thank you for the article on the Joplin Chamber of Commerce’s support for curbside recycling (Globe, March 5).
I had forgotten that this issue was to be on the April ballot. I am voting “no.” I am one of those who make regular trips to the Joplin Recycling Center, and I appreciate its hours being extended.
Other Views: Not a mandate
Health insurance providers in Missouri have been ducking their obligations to pay for new forms of cancer treatment, those that involve pills and liquid ingestion instead of intravenous drugs.
Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Harry Reid taking partisanship too far
Recent columns have highlighted climate change, income inequality and immigration as the three shiny objects the Democrats hope will distract a gullible public between now and the midterm elections.
Our View: Paying the bill
The Joplin City Council, in a 5-4 vote on Monday, decided again to ignore a contract that established guidelines for the investigator hired to look at three ethics questions.
Doug Brooks, guest columnist: Human toll should have prompted Senate to act
Again this year, Republicans in the Missouri Senate voted not to allow Medicaid expansion in Missouri. This is a big deal.
Your View: Still time for enrollment
With a deadline approaching, uninsured Missourians can still find help getting insurance.
Open enrollment in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31.
Your View: Government help
A recent editorial writer hoped to improve or maybe make his case with the quote that we don’t understand trouble until we ask government to help us with it.
Our View: Russia’s invasion
Events in Ukraine are changing by the hour, but Russia’s invasion of Crimea begs the bigger question: How far will President Vladimir Putin go to reclaim Russia’s glorious past?
Phill Brooks, columnist: Legislature has had difficulties with education
The Missouri Senate’s recent debate on how to handle troubled schools demonstrates the history of how difficult it has been for lawmakers to find lasting solutions to the problems and issues facing public schools.
Your View: Financing personal vendetta
To paraphrase an old saying: Bad things happen when good people do nothing.
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