A day to recognize our real heroes

Next Monday is an often overlooked holiday here in the United States. It is Memorial Day and we should recognize and remember the many brave men and woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Unfortunately, many people fail or even appreciate what this day really means. Folks are too busy planning picnics or family outings. The thought of remembering some brave soldier who gave his or her life for this country is the furthest thing from most people’s minds. It is a holiday that people want to enjoy and have fun. We love our three day weekends and the fact that this upcoming weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and maybe the end of school for many only distracts from what the true meaning of this holiday should be about.

I consider myself as one of those many who fail to recognize the true meaning of that special day. I find myself busy traveling to places over the holiday weekend visiting family and friends. About a year ago, I read a story about a local young man who served in the Iraq war and sadly lost his life. He had everything going well in his life. He was very popular, good looking and bright and had the rest of his life in front of him.  Many people would envy the life of this young man. He could have just stayed here in the United States, attended college and probably would have gotten a great job in some highly paid position. Deep down inside though, this young man felt a tremendous sense of duty to give back to the country that gave him so much. He enlisted in the military after finishing high school. His first deployment was over in the Middle East where his young life was cut short by an IED.

There are so many other stories just like this young man’s. Young people sensing the need the serve this country and put their lives on the line in the process. Many of them do not come home. These people know the risks, but that does not stop them from putting aside their own natural selfish desires to serve this country and help restore freedoms for so many people. These people are my heroes and I will never forget them. I cannot read enough stories about so many brave young men and women who have paid the ultimate price.

We owe all these fallen brave men and women a moment of silence next Monday. I greatly admire and support our military and the sacrifices they make for our country. Our country would not be great without them. These people are our biggest heroes and they deserve our greatest appreciation.

What is Kevin Durant thinking?

If you follow the National Basketball Association like I do, you might be a little perplexed about a certainly possibly that might occur in the upcoming off-season. Perhaps the best player in the league might bolt from the best team in the league and look for a different team to play for. That player is none other than Kevin Durant and this potential move has me extremely confused and scratching my head. Why would Durant want to do this? It defies any type of logic, and as a sports fan, I think it is the wrong move for Mr. Durant.

What is a common goal and desire for any NBA superstar? To get the max amount of money from a particular team? In some cases yes, but I am almost certain that the main desire for any superstar is to win as many rings or championships as possible. You make your mark as a player in the playoffs and how many titles you help your team win.

Durant is in a perfect situation right now to accomplish that. He is 30 years old and still has a lot of game left in him. If he stays with Golden State, they are almost certain to win a couple more championships and his legacy will be even greater. Heck, If I were a superstar NBA player and had the chance to play for a championship organization like Golden State, I would jump at that opportunity without any hesitation. How could you go wrong? You would be a superstar among other stars. So many of today’s elite players always complain about a lack of supporting cast that prevents them from winning a championship. When you play for Golden State, those worries are thrown out the window. If Durant stays, the Warriors have an opportunity to have one of the greatest dynasties ever in the NBA and all of sports. How could you possibly go wrong?

The latest rumor has Durant eyeing on playing for the New York Knicks. Are you serious? Why would any superstar free agent want to play for a totally lousy team and organization like the Knicks? I get the idea that it is a big and potentially lucrative market to play in, but if Durant wants to win a title in New York, he might reconsider. The Knicks are a long ways from winning a title. The truth is, they might be a long ways from even making the playoffs!

There is no doubt that KD wants to be known as one of the greatest players ever in NBA history. As I mentioned before, you make your mark as a player by winning championships. KD is in a perfect situation to do so right now. Why would he want to thrown that all away? It is very mind-boggling to say the least!


More than just a women’s right issue

One of the bigger hot-bottom issues in this country for several years has been abortion. This issue is certainly not something that has come up in recent years. Ever since the historic Roe vs. Wade decision back in 1973, abortion has been a hotly debated topic with no signs of letting up anytime soon. Several states in the past year have put new abortion restrictions into law. Whether these new laws will hold up in a higher court remains to be seen, but suddenly out of nowhere, the abortion debate has grabbed center state again.

I have not given my 2 cents about this issue for some time, and yes, I am probably not the best person to comment on this issue since I am a guy, but I cannot just sit back and not say anything. First of all, I find rather interesting to hear the debates that are taking place between both sides of the issue, especially with the pro-choice crowd. I happen to personally known several people who are very pro-choice and their arguments always center around the government has absolutely no right to tell a woman what to do with her body even if that means determining whether someone inside her has the right to live. How ironic that many of these pro-choice supporters are also huge supporters of protecting children on other issues. In the gun control debate, these same supporters of abortion rights use the argument that we must protect our children in schools and make our schools safer by enacting tougher gun control laws. They try to win over people by using the children rights argument. Funny how that suddenly changes when we start talking about abortion. Now it is no longer a matter of the unborn and future child having any rights. It is all about the rights of the mother.

Many of these new laws do have provisions for when the woman’s health is in danger and rightly so. In cases of rape and incest, a woman still should not have the automatic right to determine whether she will keep the baby or not. Once again, we are now taking away the rights of the unborn and that is just not morally or ethically right. I fully realize that giving birth to the child of someone who greatly traumatized a woman may cause great emotional distress to that woman, but the emotional pain and guilt caused by an abortion might be even greater. That unwanted child might just turn out to be a huge blessing to the mother and turn out to be an outstanding person in our society.

Woman do have an absolute right to determine what to do with their bodies but there has to be a line drawn somewhere in the sand. Those rights cannot include determining whether someone has the right to live or not. The pro-choice supporters often forget that there is another person involved in this debate. Maybe at some time in the past, their mother made the decision to have them so they could experience life, and protest against a right that actually kept them alive. How ironic is that! The abortion rights debate is more than just a discussion of the rights of a woman. In many cases, the unborn rights are missing out of the the discussion, and sadly, that is often forgotten.