The Pier, located down on Linn Road in Town of Linn, opened last Saturday.
Not the boating pier, as that’s been open since the ice thawed on the lake. No, this is the controversial new bar, and hopefully sports center, for that part of the Town of Linn, along the road that runs north and south from Zenda all the way to the end of the real boat pier. Pat Hogan is the name of the Fontana-based man who is behind this haven for young people and he’s taking plenty of heat for being that. His appeal for park purpose zoning has fallen on deaf ears. The land around his bar allows for R-1 zoning development. Luckily, for Mr. Hogan, the community, and visitors he can proceed with the current R-1 less restrictive zoning and build his outdoor sports venues. He simply must make the club a private club instead of a public one. Mr. Hogan has not decided, yet, what he might charge for membership fees. The Town of Linn needs businesses that will attract and hold young people, as the average age of residents of the town isn’t something this newspaper even wants to publish.
What is it about Vietnam Veterans and Lake Geneva?
Is it that they don’t exist? Is it about the fact that the American Legion is not about veterans of foreign wars, like the VFW, which is an organization that appears as invisible in Lake Geneva as Vietnam Veterans? The Legion, for example, ran the recent Memorial Day ceremonies. The Grand Marshal of the parade was a man who served from 1968 through 1971, the Vietnam era. But he was not a Vietnam Veteran, much less a combat veteran. He served in Hawaii and Japan while taking care of planes flying in and out of the actual war theater. The entire ceremony was delivered without ever mentioning the word Vietnam. Iraq, Afghanistan, WWII, and Korea were all in there, but no Vietnam.
This chapter of the American Legion, and likely the only chapter like it in the USA, not only has committed violation after violation of the rules and regulations governing tax-exempt and honored organizations like the American Legion, it also patently has no use for Vietnam Veterans. Oh, the veterans from all services (the head of the Legion only mentioned that ‘soldiers’ served, leaving out Marines and airmen) were asked to stand before the podium and receive the dutiful ‘pat on the head’ and ‘thanks for your service’ honors. Most of those who stood there were Vietnam Veterans, but that was their only representation.
The neatest part of the whole Memorial Day affair put on by the city was the giant flag the fire department put up and, the wonderful girls’ choir on stage, and the boy scouts lining up to shake hands with all the veterans who were willing to stand and be patted on the head. Lake Geneva can do so much better. There’s no small number of veterans who not only served in a war zone but served in actual combat, many of those wounded in the line of duty. Where are they and how does the city find them to speak and represent those who’ve paid the ultimate price next year?
This article was written by a former Marine combat-wounded American Legion Member Paid Up for Life, although also a veteran not welcome at this local American Legion chapter, for obvious reasons.
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