Veteran appreciates businesses' support
I want to thank all businesses that gave veterans a special treat on Veterans Day. During these challenging economic times, it's gratifying to see businesses willing to offer veterans discounted meals or a percentage off their goods or services. I would like to especially thank David Person, general manager of Applebee's and his great staff in West Columbia for their generosity and service to honor all veterans. His professional staff worked enthusiastically and tirelessly ensuring all customers were waited on as quickly as possible. His team was a class act. And to all service veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Let's not forget - freedom is not free.
MASTER SGT. JONATHAN GARRIS
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Enough is enough for Afghanistan war
Have we not learned anything from the debacle that the U.S.S.R. was involved in regarding Afghanistan? It brought about their collapse which was fine by me.
We invaded Afghanistan to find Osama bin Laden and have been there for nine years and have spent many billions of dollars. Night after night as I watch the evening news, there are stories of double amputees and post traumatic stress. Enough is enough. When will we learn we cannot shape every country to believe as we do? Let's try minding our own business and spending billions on our own people instead of on people who do not want us there in the first place.
GLENN C. ODOM
Finlay Park facilities disappoint visitor
My family recently moved to Columbia, and the Italian Festival on Nov. 7 was our first visit to Finlay Park. I was disappointed to find that the women's bathrooms had no toilet seats. Are those the amenities the city of Columbia offers to the thousands of visitors who gather at Finlay Park for charity events, festivals and other community events? They are the same stainless-steel commodes installed in correctional facilities. We were better off using the portable bathrooms rented by the festival organizers.
From now on, we will thoroughly consider attending any event at Finlay or any other of Columbia's city parks.