Joshua Gleason, opens the piece with a Hallmark touch: "the musty sweet scent of balsam fir is just overpowering..." Later when the wife of the owner of the company tells Gleason that she writes back when someone's letter is personal, he asks her "What do you say when you write back?" And she answers, "“What do you say when someone writes to you and says, ‘I buried my son in April?’ I try to say is what we do is to thank people like them.”
And that worship-the-security-state, simple-minded viewpoint is about all you'll get from NPR these days. Regarding each of the nearly 3000 deaths of our young citizens and each the half a million deaths of Iraqis I'd offer the patriotic anger of veteran Kevin Tillman:
- Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.
- Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.
- Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.
- Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.
- Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.
- Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.
- Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.