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11/15/2013 8:34:00 AM
LETTER: Shame on Blythe

First, yesterday (Nov. 10), Blythe canceled Veterans Day. Then I went to ACE to buy a new flag asking a young employee for their location. He said, "An American flag?"

What's happening to our country? Our church even failed to stand up for our Veterans Day on Sunday. Sizzler's did offer free lunch for vets, who were all at work so they received nothing.

When our country put out the "call to arms" these men and women selflessly answered. For us. For our freedom. For our safety.

Does Blythe remember we currently have sons and daughters far from home giving their all for us.

Sad and embarrassed.

~ Joann "Brandy" Kearney, Blythe

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: blythe from afar

I was born and raised in Blythe, and currently am living abroad- but, like a lot of folks would love to return back to Blythe one day when i retire. I read the pvvt.com stuff all the time and the comments being made, by el pica, tesky, average joe and the phantom to name just a few, and there are some great comments, and it helps me to stay connected to Blythe, i truly miss it, and hopefully you all there in Blythe will keep the town up, us Blythians are out here watching, hopefully you can clean up the place some too, anyways, about this letter, i don't get it, Blythe can't cancel veterans day, what is she talking about.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: What Have

Ace has lots of different flags. Not just the ones you hang on your porch.Perhaps the young employee thought you were transporting a long piece of pipe in your truck and yo needed a flag to hang off the end of it so you could be compliant with the law. If you didn't want to be offended, you should have been more clear with your question. What have you done for your country, Brandy? I'm willing to bet you have made very few selfless decisions in your life. Who are you to judge? Maybe you're not judging, but you're definitely whining.

-An USAF Vet.

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Willace

Unfortunately, cell phones, texting, and things like facebook have "de-sensitized" almost everyone. People cut corners in every way possible to make things easy. Let me tell you that no veteran had it easy!!! And if you haven't fought for our country, than to you, freedom is free and you have no idea the value. Also, it doesn't matter where your flag was built, as long as there are 50 white stars, and 13 stripes alternating from red and blue.

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: More American Dan U

If you were a truly authentic American conservative you would have stocked up on flags long ago and would have three flying around your residence at all times. In my opinion you just lost your patriot points and have admitted your liberalism by not being prepared for Veteran's Day. Please make a $1000 donation to the NRA to redeem yourself.

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Hey College Workers

Why are you hijacking the thread. Shame on you!

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Think about it people Jones


Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Liz Richard

Well well well.... Now we are ashamed. This is what happens when you guys believe the bs stories and kick the good people out of town. So trash is left there and what would they know about being American. This town has no dignity, all they do, read make up and hat raised stories about good hearted people.
I am sorry you felt that way. I am proud to be an American and salute to all the men and women who serve our country! And thanks for bring up this issue , because this is the real issue which this news paper has not the courage to cover or right a colum appreciating veterans. They are too busy in fake, malicious and vindictive stories about good people.

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....Charles Trenet. I never said it was great. I said things were more simple, and better than things are now. You had a better chance in life, back then before the government stuck it's fingers in your everyday life.

If you think, that I think things were way better off in the early 1900's, well you are wrong. Just think about reading in the paper an advertisement about toilet paper, and reading this". In 1935, Northern Tissue advertised "splinter-free" toilet paper. Yep, you read that right So i don't think it was all that Rosy back then.

I have commented about the genocide of the Native Americans, giving thanks to Columbus for so they say, that he discovered the Americas, and at the same time a month apart we are celebrating Thanksgiving.

About Slavery? Not just about African Americans, but about all slavery. I wrote about people using the bible to their advantage. It was used to justify, and to defend it. About people and institutions abusing power. And using the word of God to do the deed. Then blaming him if things go wrong.

You state here that people were complaining about rationing of food in WW2. Funny I guess it was OK to hear that 10's of thousands soldiers dying in a week. I guess back then life was not as precious as it is today.

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Moore


I hardly believe Blythe deserves your shaming. It is true that if you look around the majority of my generation (say those that are 18-28 years old) do not care for much more than partying, fornicating and video games but there is a minority that loves America and the ideas on which it was founded.

One of the best ways you can repay a vet is giving them a sincere thank you for their service- they get a lot of half hearted thank yous so a sincere one will mean a lot more.

Lastly- please don't pick on Ace- they give impeccable customer service.

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Article comment by: Gary A

Is this a add for Ace? Sounds like Ace was doing damage control. She was just sharing her opinion. No need to get nasty....

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Article comment by: Charles Trenet


Quit pretending there was some kind of "golden age" that has somehow been lost. This is a great fallacy of the modern age to think that somehow things in the past were better than today. How would you gauge patriotism to even make an accurate measurement? Why are the so-called "greatest generation" so great? Sounds like a bunch of nonsense to me. There are many wonderful young people today who are every bit as nice and good as many people in the past were. There were plenty of Americans who complained during WW2 about rations and all the other nonsense. One easy reason they were just as fallible if not rotten human beings was the interment of innocent Japanese-Americans into internment camps. They were no better than people of today its not even wise to compare people of different generations with vastly different circumstances its like comparing apples to oranges. If people of the past were so great indeed if Americans are so great, then you have to start explaining away things like the genocide of Native Americans, abuse of African-Americans, abuse of the Poor, even abuse of Veterans. Look up the Bonus Army of 1932, those so called greatest generation veterans beat up WW1 veterans without a qualm. "Greatest Generation" "Lost Patriotism" not a chance!

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

@joker, it may work that way in the real world but thankfully this is Blythe. Ace is one of the best stores we have in this town. I think most would agree. This is merely faux outrage as Ryan called it. Once again, a letter complaining about what others do or don't do for the veterans, while putting a business on blast for daring to not live up to her standards of praise.

What have YOU done for the Veterans lately Joann?

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Article comment by: True Blu

Ace is #1! They sell so many different types of flags it'll make your head spin. He was just doing what's called customer service. Sorry if you don't know what that is. Go to a big city and see if you get that kind if service.

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Have any of you older people notice that over the decades, America's younger generations are growing less patriotic than the next?

You might say that the same goes for religion. I'm not talking about going to church, I mean family wise at home God Fearing people teaching their children from right and things in life.

So, it does not surprise me, when I read these stories on any paper. So when people joined the Military, each had their own reasons for doing so. Most did it on their own volition. i'm talking after they did away with the draft. Yes many also joined after Pearled harbor.

You know it's sad, that these WW2 Veterans men and women are dying everyday soon there will be none. But what is really sad is that these people lived to see what America has become. They fought and died for a bunch of Me Generation of free loaders.

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Article comment by: True Blu

Ace is #1! All their American flags are made in the USA! N he was just doing his job. Its called customer service. I just went in and asked a girl at the front counter for a flag and she said, and I write, " Is it for decoration, marking, tagging long items, or an American flag?" Thank you to the employees at Ace for great customer service. God bless America

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