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Old 03-06-2001, 13:20   #1 (permalink)
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I received this and it really hit hard....think about it....



Our Nation's Priorities.

On 18 February 2001, while racing for fame and fortune, Dale Earnhardt
died in the last lap of the Daytona 500. It was surely a tragedy for his
family, friends and fans. He was 49 years old with grown children, one, who
was in the race. I am new to the NASCAR culture so much of what I know has
come from the newspaper and TV. He was a winner and earned everything he
had.

This included more than "$41 million in winnings and ten times that from
endorsements and souvenir sales". He had a beautiful home and a private
jet. He drove the most sophisticated cars allowed and every part was
inspected and replaced as soon as there was any evidence of wear. This is
normally fully funded by the car and team sponsors.

Today, there is no TV station that does not constantly remind us of his
tragic end and the radio already has a song of tribute to this winning
driver. Nothing should be taken away from this man, he was a professional
and the best in his profession. He was in a very dangerous business but the
rewards were great.

Two weeks ago seven U.S. Army soldiers died in a training accident when two
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters collided during night maneuvers in Hawaii. The
soldiers were all in their twenties, pilots, crewchiefs and infantrymen.
Most of them lived in sub-standard housing. If you add their actual duty
hours (in the field, deployed) they probably earn something close to minimum
wage. The aircraft they were in were between 15 and 20 years old. Many
times parts were not available to keep them in good shape due to funding.

They were involved in the extremely dangerous business of flying in the
Kuhuku mountains at night. It only gets worse when the weather moves in as
it did that night. Most times no one is there with a yellow or red flag to
slow things down when it gets critical. Their children were mostly toddlers
who will lose all memory of who "Daddy" was as they grow up. They died
training to defend our freedom.

I take nothing away from Dale Earnhardt but ask you to perform this simple
test. Ask any of your friends if they know who was the NASCAR driver killed
on 18 February 2001. Then ask them if they can name one of the seven
soldiers who died in Hawaii two weeks ago.

18 February 2001, Dale Earnhardt died driving for fame and glory at the
Daytona 500. The nation mourns. Seven soldiers died training to protect our
freedom. No one can remember their names and most don't even remember the
incident.

As a nation, do we have our priorities straight?
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Old 03-06-2001, 21:15   #2 (permalink)
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What can one say after reading that. Most heroes go unsung. Unfortunately, that's the way it is ( saying very humble). In Roman times good athletes were paid more than the Roman Conquers.:(
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Old 03-06-2001, 22:40   #3 (permalink)
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Very good point, thanx for taking the time and sharing that thought with us! You are completely right. Unfortunatelly life is NOT FAIR. It is very sad but that's how it is. Yes people die. Soldiers die for their country, whether thats an accident or a heroic act on the war field they should get the same respect from all of us. Other people die too. A newborn baby was fed to a dog here cuz the mother did not want to raise him/her yesterday. Thats very sad too. But you cant change it.

Dale Earnhardt was famous and thats why people will remember him. Those soldiers werent. Dont get me wrong, I agree with you the soldiers should get at least the same amount of attention and respect if not more, but thats how the media works. They are always after stories. A famous race car driver's death is a story for them. 7 soldiers dieing is not such a big story. Everybody knew Dale Earnhardt before he died. We didnt know those soldiers. Dont get confused, just because its not in every newspaper doesnt mean that their act is not appreciated or respected, it only means that the media is after bigger stories. Wrong, you can say, but thats how it is.
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I agree I just wanted to pass this on to others. It makes you think a little bit. I was wondering what kind of response I would get. I didnt want tot take away from Dale cause I loved to watch him race. It is just sad how things have to be. Sometimes we forget why our country is free and we take advantage of that.
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BLAME THE CLINTON/GORE Admin for the lousy shape that the Military is in today for the most part! We were so screwed by these two, and now that they are GONE do we really see how sleazy they were. We have this spy that was just busted and rightfully he should be fried for what he has done to this country. Look at what Bill and his admin of idiots did with China, makes me think.........
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it is unfortunate when the people elect a draft dodger into office not once but twice. i'm not surprised that the military is the way it is now. clinton has never cared for the people of this country. if he did he never would have opened the doors for NAFTA or lied to us as he did. its a shame we dont know who those men were that died that night and that the media has made such a big deal out of dales death and told us very little about the men who died for our country. dont get me wrong i'm a big nascar fan and an even bigger fan of freedom.
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Amen, That is the kind of response I was hoping for. Sometimes it is hard to share your opinion without hurting someones feelings. I still like to see others views on topics and if everyone had the same opinion what a boring world we would live in...
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This is why we call this the OFF TOPIC area, he he he!
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BLAME THE CLINTON/GORE Admin for the lousy shape that the Military is in today for the most part! We were so screwed by these two, and now that they are GONE do we really see how sleazy they were. We have this spy that was just busted and rightfully he should be fried for what he has done to this country. Look at what Bill and his admin of idiots did with China, makes me think.........
I tell you what I think we should do with spies. Wait a minute, spy is to kind of a word. TRAITORS!!!!!!!! Is what this, is about . To sell ones soul, family,country for money is just down out right perversion ! I say, set up a firing squad, execution style. Air this live on every news station in the USA, and the world for that matter. If the US did this a few times no one would spy in our country.
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