Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Outstanding Person and Ideas

I had the good fortune to attend a dinner last night hosted by Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County. One of the many things Senior Citizens Services does is administer many of our local senior centers. One thing I learned at the dinner last night was that they served 260,000 congregate meals to older adults in Tarrant County last year.

The purpose of last night's dinner was to present the "Outstanding Citizen for Seniors" award. This year's honoree was Bob Schieffer, the CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent. For those of you who don't know, he is a fellow Texan, attended college here in Fort Worth at TCU, and worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Mr. Schieffer has obviously attended many of these events, because he kept his remarks very short, but he made several important points that I wanted to share.

He talked about how things have changed since 9/11: that eight years ago, there was truly a feeling of bipartisanship in the nation's capital, and that as Americans we all came together in a time of need.

He talked about how in a 40 year career in Washington, DC he has never seen the level of acrimony as high as it is now. He very eloquently expressed my own feelings that guns at public rallies are inappropriate (at best); that signs calling our President a Nazi or worse are absolutely uncalled for; and that what we need is civil debate. Not name calling, not shouting each other down, not elected officials calling other elected officials liars.

Last night I was proud to be a Texan, and proud to be an American.

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