I follow the
news pretty closely and most days I don't like what I am hearing out of Washington. But today was different. Today, there were two shining points of light. The first was an article in the Hudson Hub-Times about the Garity family of Hudson. Jim, your son has a great dad to look up to. It takes courage to stand up to the bullies in Washington and you did what you thought was right, regardless of risk. You removed those barricades and I am grateful. You speak for all of us. I am the wife of a veteran and the mother of a soldier, and if my husband was physically able we would have been right there with you. Thank you for standing up for our freedom of speech and right to assemble. We are so proud of you and your family.
My second point of light is the story about a Army Ranger Josh Hargis. Josh Hargis was unconscious, hooked to a breathing tube at a military hospital in Afghanistan after losing both his legs in battle last week. But when the Purple Heart ceremony began at Hargis' bedside, it turned out he was not unconscious, as doctors believed. Instead, he struggled with an attending doctor to raise his heavily bandaged hand to salute a commanding officer presenting him with the medal.
This is the stuff American men are made of. Hero dads, and hero soldiers.
Kathy Jenson, Hudson