When I watch the tv news, I generally catch the Newshour with Jim Lehrer. It's not a continuous commercial like the cable channels are, and the hour-length format allows for more indepth discussion of issues than the networks engage in.

One big reason I watch them these days, though, is for what they call the honor roll--the pictures, names, ages and hometowns of the soldiers killed in Iraq.

I watch for a couple of reasons. I have friends back in Louisiana--guys I went to college with, guys who went into the reserves in order to help out with college, guys I've lost track of who I'm afraid I may see on that list one day.

But more importantly, I watch so as to remember that every one of these people, male, female, younger, older, has died unnecessarily. And I watch to remember who deserves the blame for every one of them, and to motivate me to continue to work toward his defeat in November.

Newer Post Older Post Home