Bryce Jacobson: Paying rightful respect


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I'd like to use this week's column to divert from the regular business-related topics and discuss an issue equally as important as the positive happenings of our local marketplace.

Next week, we'll get back to covering local business news and notes, but I think this week's topic is relevant, particularly on a day such as today, when Americans everywhere are enjoying a day off, a luxury afforded them by living in a free country.

That freedom has its price, however.

As I drove around last week and noticed American flags flying at half-staff in honor of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, I felt myself becoming resentful.

Don't get me wrong; Senator Kennedy was responsible for some great things in our country, and he deserves respect.

But, I wonder, did he deserve the honor of the President of the United States ordering the flags to be lowered in honor of his life?

If he did, who else does?

The politicians who set policy in our country are paid well, provide their service in a wonderfully lush building, have many days off and the opportunity to spend those days with their families.

They have wonderful health care and usually are kept from harm's way.

The same cannot be said of what I believe are far less heralded, and equally important contributors to our free society.

Our country is at war, and we have soldiers who are sacrificing time with their families, the safety and comfort of a 9 to 5 job and, in thousands of cases, their own lives.

If we bestow the honor given to the late senator to a politician who dies while serving, I think soldiers who die fighting for their country in a far away land should get the same treatment.

To me, it seems that we are so desensitized to the death of soldiers now that we barely notice.

To be fair, I do have to mention that Gov. Bill Ritter uses his authority to honor Colorado's fallen soldiers who have died at war.

In fact, he even honored the service of Brett Stearns, a local Bureau of Land Management firefighter, who died in the line of duty in June.

I wish this same respect, the same as for Kennedy's death, was paid to every soldier who dies while serving their country.

Many people have today, Labor Day, to relax and not go to work.

Although Labor Day is not set aside as necessarily a patriotic day, I encourage you to spend time with your family today and be thankful for the troops who have served our country and are serving you.

It is because of them that you have the freedoms you have.


hanginj 7 years, 7 months ago

As a reader I'm surprised, as a veteran I'm proud of you.Perhaps you should take over "eye on craig"


grannyrett 7 years, 7 months ago

What a wonderful, thoughtful column. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to our soldiers who serve us everyday.


Kat 7 years, 7 months ago

Excellent read! I'm sure you have penned what so many of us think.about those who have given up everything - doing their best to keep the rest of us free. It is refreshing to read something positive like your column, with so much negativity going on in the world today. Thank you!


j4mom7 7 years, 7 months ago

Thank you, Bryce. Your column this week is totally appropriate and totally appreciated, no matter what day it is. As a veteran, and coming from a family of veterans, it pleases me to see someone willing to remind us all publicly that no matter what, and in spite of everything, we have it good in this country, and the last sentence in your column tells why. Lest we forget.


wickedstepmother 7 years, 7 months ago

I could not agree more. In fact, as long as we (the US) have soldiers fighting and dying in any war anywhere around the world, shouldn't all flags stay at half staff until every soldier returns home alive or dead? Even better still, why aren't there any yellow ribbons tied around the trees? I thought that was the symbol used by people awaiting the return of soldiers.


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