I am a Gold Star Mother. For those many Americans who are not familiar with that designation, I am a mother who has lost a son or daughter serving in the United States armed forces.
In my case, I lost my oldest son, Marine Lance Cpl. Cody R Stanley, on Aug. 28, 2009. We are one of the thousands of families who have received that dreaded visit and have heard the words that no military family ever wants to hear: "We regret to inform you... ."
Cody was 21-years old and lost his life just minutes after stepping on an IED in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
I opened The Eagle this past Sunday and very quickly noticed the photo of the army soldiers carrying the transfer case of a fallen hero. Underneath that photo was the headline: "Numb to drumbeat of deaths? Afghan casualties not registering with most in war-weary U.S." A military historian and defense analyst is quoted in this article as having called Afghanistan the "Who Cares?" war.
Wow. Really? Will my son and all of the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan go down in history as dying in the "Who Cares?" war?
I cannot begin to describe the range of emotions which I felt after reading this article.
I am so very sorry for the losses of the families mentioned and I say thank you so very much for your loved one's service to our great nation.
I am incensed that our country is "war-weary" where Afghanistan is concerned. Have Americans forgotten that our service men and women are dying over there every single day while fighting? Will it take another 9/11 type of terrorist attack to get America's attention once again?
My son and his fellow Marines believed very strongly in their mission: Fight the Taliban on their own territory so they cannot bring the fight to American soil.
All of our armed services men and women are fighting every day to protect both the freedoms and the security that we enjoy here in the United States.
Wake up, America, and look around you. I most certainly can assure you that there is at least one family in your town who has lost a loved one in the "Who Cares?" war.
Find that family and thank them for their loved one's service and sacrifice.
These courageous men and women keep our country strong and safe and absolutely don't deserve to be characterized as dying in the "Who Cares?" war.
Who cares? Every single American should.
WENDI STANLEY Caldwell
NIMBY (Not in my back yard) is why Mitt Romney's job creation plan won't work. Not why it won't be tried, but why it won't work.
The private sector can create lots of jobs, especially if regulations are relaxed, but where will they be?
Union Pacific wants to create jobs in our area, but hears NIMBY.
How about a new solid waste factilty? NIMBY.
Natural gas from fracking? NIMBY.
Toxic waste disposal sites? NIMBY.
Before you vote for the Romney economic plan, think about how much the free market cares about your back yard, not to mention your health and safty.
Yes, corporations are people, but they don't have to worry about their quality of life, so it's unlikely they will worry about yours.
A corporation can't get asthma or get stuck in a traffic jam, injured on the job or drink polluted water.
Let he who wants no say about what is happening in his back yard cast the first vote.
SUSAN MILLER College Station