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The Sentinel-Record - - VIEWPOINTS - Bet­tye Hoffman Hot Springs

Dear edi­tor:

On Dec. 8, 1941, Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt, re­spond­ing to the Ja­panese sur­prise at­tack on Amer­ica (Pearl Har­bor), speak­ing to Congress and to Amer­ica, told us that Dec. 7 was a day “which will live in in­famy.” The Ja­panese had tor­pe­doed Amer­i­can ships on the ocean be­tween San Fran­cisco and Honolulu, and they also at­tacked Malaya, our forces in Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine Is­lands, Wake Is­land and Mid­way. This re­sulted in World War II.

The Amer­i­can peo­ple ac­tu­ally loved our coun­try back then. We were taught to love it. It was “God and coun­try.” We were taught at home and at school to love God and coun­try. We raised the flag in the school­yard ev­ery day and brought it in at the end of the day. If it be­gan rain­ing dur­ing the day, we brought the flag inside. We had a devo­tional — a Chris­tian devo­tional with the Holy Bi­ble — ev­ery morn­ing and a prayer be­fore lessons. And, we sang “Amer­ica.”

Of course, our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren never ex­pe­ri­ence these acts of de­vo­tion — un­less they are in Chris­tian schools now — be­cause we are so … fair. How­ever, we make con­ces­sions for peo­ple who are not Chris­tian and not Amer­i­can but, woe be teach­ers — if there were any — who would at­tempt such, not to men­tion hav­ing a brief Chris­tian devo­tional at the be­gin­ning of the day based on the teach­ings of the Holy Bi­ble.

I re­cently saw on TV pub­lic schools who are al­low­ing chil­dren of other faiths to pray — even on their knees to their god. Of course, we must be very care­ful to not in­flu­ence these chil­dren, even though the last thing Je­sus told us be­fore He re­turned to His Fa­ther was to “… go and make dis­ci­ples.”

Shortly af­ter the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bor, my Dad de­cided to join the Army. He was strongly pa­tri­otic, as were his sib­lings and my Mother. His younger brother, Bill, also joined and served as did his brother-in-law, Har­mon Brasher, who served in Ice­land. Har­mon’s two sons, Richard and Dan also served.

How­ever, the Army’s med­i­cal clear­ance process was such that they did not dis­cover my Dad’s stom­ach ul­cer and he some­how for­got to tell them about it, so off he went to Ba­sic Train­ing where, af­ter a few weeks, the ul­cer kicked up big time and he got sent home. Not only he but oth­ers could have been greatly in­con­ve­nienced by his ul­cer on the bat­tle­field. How­ever, he did ev­ery­thing he could, all his life, to sup­port the mil­i­tary.

I’ve al­ways been so very proud to have Richard Shofner as my fa­ther. He was a very great man. He wanted so much to be part of the great­est Army in the world.

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