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Friday's Letters to the Editor

A crew reunited

EDITOR: Walt Huss (Obituary, June 21) was a member of the Greatest Generation. He came into our lives in 1999, 55 years after the explosion of his B-29 bomber that took the lives of nine crew members, including our father. Huss’ initial, tentative contact grew into a torrent of correspondence with him and others around the world, including Manchuria and Japan, through the power of the Internet.

Ultimately, he gave our mother and us a great sense of understanding of the event and, ultimately, closure.

Huss taught us that survivor guilt can be one component of post-traumatic stress syndrome. I hope we gave him some understanding that he and the other middle gunner were spared because they were standing precisely where the joined sections of a B-29 comes apart. The lost crew members couldn’t have had a better advocate. Hopefully, our friendship gave him some closure, too.

After an executive of Revell-Monogram heard him speak, its’ model B-29 was given an extra set of decals to honor the men of “Humpin’ Honey.”

Sometimes the real heroes aren’t the folks with Silver or Bronze Stars, rather it’s those who just did their duty.

With Huss’ passing, the crew of the “Honey” is once again complete, reunited and as one in our hearts.

Rest and fly in peace, Walt.


Rochester, Minn.

Making progress

EDITOR: The Presbyterian Church, USA has approved gay marriage (“Acceptance of same-sex vows,” June 20). Catholic teachers who long taught that the first and most important purpose of marriage was to have children are today teaching that marriage has two main purposes, and that they are co-equal: companionship and creating new human beings.

Is God, or something else in the universe, now giving us numbers of fellow humans who have a gay gene?

Gays do not as a rule contribute to the terrible problem of overpopulation, which threatens to wipe us all out. Yet, thanks to the laws of nature, gays who wish may have children of their own. They may adopt as others do. They can even find help from someone as others do.

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