POSTED ON JULY 10, 2013:
Deny Thy Klansmen and Refuse Thy Name
I have closely followed the debate over whether or not to rename the Brady District, Brady Theater, Brady Street, or even Brady Heights. W. Tate Brady's alleged link to KKK activities has caused ongoing debate to spark throughout the community for quite some time. I must disagree with the motion to eradicate the name "Brady" from Tulsa.
The connection to KKK involvement is presumed. It has not been confirmed. In fact, Brady's descendants have denied any past affiliation with the KKK. Yes, you might think that denying affiliation with the KKK is "convenient," and might not believe what they say. However, unless there is concrete proof proving that Brady was linked to the KKK, one cannot shrug off the possibility that Brady's involvement with the KKK could potentially be false.
Say the following phrase: "Rich, white businessman of the 1920s." Face it: even if W. Tate Brady harbored any racial disregard for African Americans, the fact is that most rich, white males of the 1920s were at least mildly racist. Social beliefs and expectations are different today than they were then. Today, we embrace diversity much more than we did in the past.
Brady Heights is perhaps among the most diversified, if not THE most diversified neighborhood in Tulsa. This neighborhood's association is dedicated to replenishing and rebuilding historical Tulsa. Presently, this neighborhood is spearheaded by the next generation of young professional adults. There are representations of this neighborhood of all colors and lifestyles. In the end, this neighborhood is a tight-knit neighborhood composed of all these diverse members. In early June, this neighborhood was the first and only neighborhood association to march in the Tulsa Pride Parade. Furthermore, the majority of the members of this association do not believe that this name should be changed.
I reside in Brady Heights. I am in agreement with those neighbors who do not think the Brady name should be removed. I believe that one should acknowledge history, including the wealth and culture that W. Tate Brady helped bring to Tulsa. However, one need not automatically dwell on bad rumors that may or may not be true, or dwell on the beliefs of the 1920s which are far more different than the beliefs today. Furthermore, one must understand that just because things were done at one point in history, it doesn't mean that they would occur again. Remember history, but do not repeat it.
-- Susan M. Kufdakis
(Actually, published court transcripts have Brady himself admitting -- then excusing and rationalizing -- his membership in the KKK. -- Ed)
Too-often Forgotten Vets Need Help
Each year as Congress assembles, new legislative bills are introduced as previously introduced bills die. Some bills relate to Vietnam veterans who did not have boots on the ground. Many served at sea and in the air and need VA benefits including compensation for their survival.
It is well known that Agent Orange Dioxin, an herbicide used in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, is cause for many life-threatening diseases for those who served. Congress and the VA are well aware of this fact. Even though this is well known in Congress, they continue to fail our veterans who fought the battle. Without proper funding, the VA cannot help many suffering veterans of the Vietnam War. The backlog of submitted claims is overwhelming. It can take a year or more for the VA to review a claim.
Often, the veteran is asked to provide more evidence in support of a claim. Many veterans do not know how or where to find additional supporting evidence. Veteran Service Officers are trained by the VA to help, and even they are overwhelmed with inquiries. They can only provide so much time, therefore placing the responsibility upon the veteran to locate evidence. There are resources for veterans, but many just give up not knowing how and where to find required evidence relative to their branch of service. The VA should provide these resources to help the veteran.
Legislative bills, if passed, would cut red tape. The backlog can be significantly reduced for those who did not have boots on ground. But now, it is about the dollars and politics, not about the veteran. What price is a veteran worth? The American people must step forward urging the Congress to do what is right for our nation's veterans.
-- John J. Bury
Profanity is a Sign of a Weak Mind Expressing Strong Thoughts.
(Re: Get Pissed Off and Break Things, July 4, 2013)
It's not that I don't agree somewhat with the article but the last line should have been abbreviated. I have attended speeches where the individual uses profanity and the whole message is overlooked due to there (sic) low vocabulary. The second thing is your reader base. I want my children to read a physical paper but not if the low form of language is used.
-- Charles Corte
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