Seven United States Marines were killed while fighting for our country in Afghanistan on July 6, bringing the total of men and women who have given their lives for our country fighting in Iraq and Afghan to almost 5,000.
These deaths are usually buried someplace in the center of the nation's newspapers. Now and then we might hear a sentence or two about them on the TV news.
What we are hearing and seeing on a daily, hourly and minute-by-minute basis is about the death of a suspected pedophile, drug addict and financial dead-beat, whose claim to fame is that he was an entertainer.
Where are our priorities when an individual with a reputation such as his is idolized with great reverence and admiration?
The media madness about Michael Jackson will continue until another bizarre occurrence comes along. Perhaps a women giving birth to a dozen left- handed children will take the public's mind off this current ludicrous circus.
Yet day by day our men and women fight and die for our republic with little, if any, awareness of thanks from the American public. Most all Americans support our troops, but are not sure how to express it. Maybe by random acts of kindness. Just stopping and saying thanks when you pass a military person in the street means a lot to that individual. It proves to him or her that he or she is not alone in this struggle.
Last month at the street fair "Men Who Grill," I saw a man step up and pay the entrance fee for a Marine, his wife and child. He thanked the Marine for protecting our country. Try it, and I am sure you will like it.
Rodger J. Clifton, Durango