Proud veterans stormed D.C.
I saw an article recently about a group of World War II vets who were traveling to Washington, D.C., to tour the National World War II Memorial and visit other monuments. The article suggested that these proud vets might not be able to experience these memorials because of the government shutdown.
As I traveled through Chicago Midway Airport on Friday night, I introduced myself to a father and son. We shared their experience of this trip, along with my own family’s war stories, both father and father-in-law. How heartwarming it was for me to say “thank you” to this proud veteran and his son, and for them to reciprocate.
As I took the moving walkway to my gate, I passed the Wichita flight gate and witnessed a sea of red-shirted veterans. I saluted and acknowledged them all – young, old, using wheelchairs and walkers, healthy.
Thank you, World War II veterans. I am pleased and proud of how you stormed Washington in another political battle of right over wrong. Your desire to visit your memorial was not banished by the political folly of lifetime politicians.
Extreme measures may be necessary to fight for one’s deepest beliefs and core values. It’s really a shame that the Republican Party never fought this hard against something like partial-birth abortion, and instead chose to go all-out to defend an agenda set forth by Americans for Prosperity. I guess it’s a matter of priorities.
Oh, well – maybe next time. If the National Rifle Association allows it.
Intelligence. Responsibility. Compassion. The use of these principles can assure integrity, whether it’s an individual and his choices or decision-makers such as members of a city council.
On this National Feral Cat Day, consider how to control the population of cats in a community. Intelligence would involve learning about the proven methods to control these cats – trap, neuter, return and feral freedom programs. Responsibility would involve personally getting your pets spayed or neutered and committing to keep them for their lifetime, so you are not contributing to the problem. And if you don’t have the compassion to be a caregiver for feral cats, then be silent and let those who do care for them continue to provide that care.
Rather than looking at these caregivers as a problem, see them as a part of the solution. Under their management, the population of cats decreases. The benefits of adopting these programs go beyond just decreasing cat numbers by saving your tax money. And don’t you want to live in a community that embraces compassion rather than prosecutes it? Advocate for the solution that works.