Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ribbons Support Troops, Not Politics

Editorial - Friday, July 27, 2007
The Sault Star

We see nothing wrong with the fire department, the police department or any other public service vehicle displaying a modest public sign of support for our troops in Afghanistan. This issue has raised some criticism in other municipalities. The concern centres around the idea that the public service - especially emergency response workers - should never show overt displays of political sentiments while on the job.

We agree, but this isn't the case with yellow ribbons recently placed on Sault Ste. Marie firetrucks. Wishing the best for our men and women in harm's way is a universal sentiment. Or at least it should be. If you believe we should pull out of Afghanistan now, or if you believe we should double our efforts there, you can still support or troops. You can vote Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green or whatever and still support our troops. Anyone who suggests otherwise is playing a cynical political game. Our firefighters and soldiers are kindred spirits. Both jobs involve workers heading into a dangerous situation. They recognize there are risks involved and they accept these risks. It's natural they would support each other.

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