Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Musings

Our governor has declared that "all flags at all State facilities will be flown at half-staff for the Virginia Tech victims and their loved ones" until dusk Sunday.

I agree this was a breathtakingly tragic event. But I can't help but wonder: How many people died today in Iraq and Afghanistan? How many of our soldiers died today … or this week? How many innocent Iraqi or Afghan citizens died today … or this week?

How many people died today in the U.S. as a result of that hideous nexus of drugs and gang violence?

How many people died today because of the lack of adequate, affordable health care in our country?

How many people died on our nation's highways as a result of shoddy roads, DUI, or other causes?

But nobody in this country is dropping Old Glory to half-mast in grief over their deaths, are they? How come?

3 Comments:

Blogger Cecilia said...

I agree, wholeheartedly.

Pax, C.

4/18/2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger Jane R said...

Good point!

4/20/2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Exactly! These very thoughts were with me all of that week...and it isn't that I take issue with the indications of sympathy shown to the Va Tech community, rather, as you say, we should all be more cognizant of the effects of violence everywhere...thank you for saying it!

5/03/2007 11:48 AM  

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