Commentary: In praise of the ‘Greatest Generation’

We are not the “Greatest Generation.” Yes, it has not been easy for us in the 21st century, but it is not the same. We have learned to accommodate existential threats, hit and run terrorism, corporate greed and government corruption. We have struggled against these challenges, but a clear cut victory against any of them […]

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

NEW YORK — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ‘80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95. Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter […]

Trump tells D-Day veterans they’re among greatest Americans

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — On a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, President Donald Trump on Thursday lauded the heroism of American and Allied service members who participated in the D-Day invasion, saying they “they came wave after wave without question, without hesitation and without complaint.” Trump joined other world leaders at Normandy American Cemetery in France to […]

Letter to the Editor: Who remembers?

Now seventy-five years But who still remembers The B17s, and the B24s And their gallant crew members? Pearl Harbor and so it starts POWs and Purple Hearts Soldiers and tanks Sailors and Yanks. Enlisted or drafted or ASTP, Many awarded the C I B. SONAR and RADAR, FUBAR, SNAFU, The names and places, the jargon […]

Trump reads from FDR’s prayer to the US on D-Day

PORTSMOUTH, England — President Donald Trump read from a prayer delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he joined other world leaders and veterans Wednesday in marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Roosevelt went on national radio on June 6, 1944, to address the U.S. for the first time about the Normandy invasion. Trump, with […]

Commentary: D-Day 75 years later – Glory never fades

Above the Pointe du Hoc cliffs of Normandy, several United States presidents have commemorated D-Day anniversaries. Of those, perhaps Ronald Reagan’s 40th anniversary speech is most remembered. Partway into his speech, President Reagan asked the question of the courageous American and allied troops who landed, flew over, parachuted in, or served on Navy ships actively […]

Letter to the Editor: Crimson color

The sands were once stained with red From the blood our soldiers unselfishly shed To defend and protect our beloved homeland From the dark and vicious enemy’s hand It’s from their sacrifice the sands now glisten with gold Bearing history’s stories, many untold Sparkling ‘neath the suns’ golden rays Dwelling now in peaceful days. The […]

Harrington pays tribute to gutsy World War II glider pilot

HARRINGTON — The words in the diary of Second Lt. John Butler provide some insight into the days leading up to his death on June 6, 1944. He wrote about the challenges and concerns of the daring stealth mission into Normandy on D-Day that he and other glider pilots were facing. “This is the day […]

AMC Museum to commemorate D-Day this weekend

DOVER — The goal is to capture the essence of the World War II era, especially June 5 and 6, 1944. The Air Mobility Command hosts a 75th anniversary commemoration of D-Day on Friday and Saturday and there’s plenty to see and experience. The showpiece is the C-47 Skytrain That’s All, Brother that led 800 […]

Commentary: Three Mile Island 40 years later: Another turning power

In the early morning hours of March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power facility in Middletown, Pennsylvania went on alert as a result of a serious accident, one which was the result of both equipment malfunction and human error. The aftermath saw a near-meltdown of one of the facility’s working reactors and […]