CHEAP COFFEE CLUB - Seniors discuss yesteryear's 4ths

"Fireworks were not so much a feature of individual or community celebrations during the Great Depression," remarked the merchant as conversation turned to our national patriotic holiday, the Fourth of July. "Money for food was tight, let alone cash for something you just blew up. A kid felt very lucky to be the owner of a small package of firecrackers and a torpedo or two. And possession of those came with a stern warning from Mom or Grandma about how to handle dangerous finger-destroyers."
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

"Fireworks were not so much a feature of individual or community celebrations during the Great Depression," remarked the merchant as conversation turned to our national patriotic holiday, the Fourth of July. "Money for food was tight, let alone cash for something you just blew up.

A kid felt very lucky to be the owner of a small package of firecrackers and a torpedo or two. And possession of those came with a stern warning from Mom or Grandma about how to handle dangerous finger-destroyers."

The historian commented as you might expect. "It wasn't but a decade later when many of those same patriotic boys would get more than enough experience with explosions and death-dealing ordnance.

And old sergeants were like Grandma in their caution with recruits who were handling deadly explosives for the first time."

"It wasn't so much out of concern for the learning soldier as it was a matter of self-preservation for Old Sarge," recalled one vet. "When you pull the pin on the grenade in your hand for the first time, you realize you have a hold of something serious...and so does your training sergeant."

"He watches you like a hawk until you launch the explosive downrange. Sometimes young GI's would freeze or just drop the grenade. Someone with knowledge of the correct thing to do must act immediately to save lives. And sometimes there wasn't enough time."

"I see our representatives in Congress determined that our latest bi-partisan immigration bill was not the answer that a lot of U.S. Citizens felt was appropriate. The fact that many persons have broken immigration laws to be here in the first place carried a lot of weight," offered the philosopher.

"There were references to the fact that, with a few exceptions, our ancestors were immigrants. When the opportunity for expression presented itself, citizens noted that those same ancestral immigrants came here legally. There weren't several million illegals here."

"Maybe if we would re-assign about 100,000 or so of our troops from Iraq for duty along our borders, control would be established. Then we might be able to monitor and control the flow of workers to this country," Doberman suggested.

"My favorite program is non-commercial, public affairs C-Span; Channel 31. Experts from both sides of questions are often present. Folks call in with opinions. I watch it while I exercise," reported the philosopher. "If a topic doesn't interest you today, you may find that tomorrow will be different. But let me tell you, the complications about immigration become defined when people tell you their concerns or the lives they lead. You learn about families, employers, American jobs taken, and a lot more."

"Some of our enemies think we are not strong today," stated Doberman. "But you let those varmints threaten this country and they'll learn a lot about what sacrifices our citizens are willing to make on behalf of our nation."

"The National Anthem says it pretty well: 'Oh thus be it ever when free man shall stand between their loved homes and the war's desolation... Then conquer we must when our cause it is just...and the Star spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave'"

Give your thoughts and prayers to those who serve our country.