In an earlier edition of the Press-Herald, a submitted feature article referred to one of our readers as a "black lady." Her race had no bearing on the article and should not have been included. Our articles, both created by our news team and those submitted, generally only refer to someone's race if skin color has bearing on the story.
This was brought to my attention via an email from this lady's daughter. I could have handled the email better, becoming defensive rather than extending a proper apology that one of our articles was offensive to a long-time subscriber. Since then, I have conversed with our subscriber and spoken to her daughter. I see the error I made, and I am regretful for making it.
It's easy to become defensive, especially when you do not understand the emotions or sensitivities of others. You may think that you have done nothing wrong, but your handling of the situation can be where you make your mistake.
I'm regretful of the situation, but I am also thankful that I was able to have a proper, cordial conversation with an upset reader. I'm thankful for the feedback, the dialog and the understanding both parties reached. So again, to this reader and her family, I say thank you and you have my apologies.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
December the seventh in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty one. The attack on Pearl Harbor, much like the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, came in the early hours of the morning.
Nine-eleven came on an overcast fall morning while commuters were making their way to work, but Pearl Harbor was struck on a Sunday, a time traditionally reserved for prayer, fellowship and worship.
Instead of a morning of thoughtful reflection, of clasped hands and quiet words spoken to the One above, the American soldiers and civilians in Hawaii were treated to slaughter.
The Japanese attack lasted for two hours. The death toll was more than 2,000 American sailors and more than 300 Marines.
Shortly thereafter, America was at war against a fearsome and powerful enemy, the likes of which this nation has yet to face again.
The German and Japanese war machine cut a swath of bloody destruction in all directions from Berlin and Tokyo. Their goal was singular - conquest.
Yet America did not falter. America did not tremble in fear of the swastika or shield its eyes against the terror of the Rising Sun.
On the frozen fields of Europe – we fought.
In the mud of South Pacific jungles – we fought.
On the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima – we fought.
In the four years that followed Pearl Harbor, this nation was consumed with the war effort. It was our passion, our defense of everything that was good in the world and the certainty it was worth fighting for.
Victory did come. Its achievement was not without monumental sacrifice and the eventual utilization of a weapon so frightening that it, nor its more powerful successors, has never again been used in battle.
The attack on Pearl Harbor, America's response and the lengths to which we were forced to go to end continued conflict irreversibly changed the way wars are fought on this planet.
The fear of weapons of mass destruction has kept humans from waging another World War for more than seven decades.
The heroes who lost their lives must be remembered, because their deaths sparked a country's call for retribution, for justice, for freedom's long lasting reign.
And every day that passes to see the enduring of free people is a salute to those who died on December the seventh, 1941.
Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald.