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Monday, March 26, 2007

26 March 2007, Why am I so late today? Is it because I'm looking for more hits knowing that if I delay myself you'll come back? or is it because I was actually busy and then decided that my time could be better spent reading your sites first? The world may never know, unless I left you a comment after reading your site, then you probably have a good idea which it was.
Anyway, I did have a busy day, first ranting at my interpreters for writing very nasty things in a book belonging to one of my female interpreters. As I have mentioned before women working jobs means that a man isn't and sometimes, my interpreters go back to the instruction and customs they have had for the last 1,000 years and forget who they are working for. I believe we came to an understanding.
Now, for an update on Shawn Gralla and the Daily Oklahoman. I was informed this last Friday that responses were published in the paper. The Daily Oklahoma decided to publish three and here they are:
Soldier grateful for Henry’s visit
In response to Shawn Gralla (Your Views, March 14): Some people tend to think that when the governor is out shaking hands with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’s not working. I have to say that’s a far cry from the truth. When you’ve been away from home for a year, it’s nice to have someone from the real world come by and shake your hand and let you know that you’re still appreciated. I was one of the soldiers Gov. Henry shook hands with; he even pinned a medal on my chest for my actions here in Afghanistan, and I have to say that every tax dollar I pay to Oklahoma was a small price to pay to have such a unique experience. I’m grateful that the governor took time out of his busy schedule to go to Washington and fight for the National Guard soldiers and then come over here to brighten our morale. I was never prouder to be an Oklahoman than when our governor flew across the big pond to visit the “Thunderbirds.” SPC Benjamin E. Walcutt, Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan
Yes, this is Ben's Life on my sidebar.
Henry in line
Shawn Gralla (Your Views, March 14) wrote that Gov. Brad Henry “wasn’t elected and isn’t paid by Oklahoma taxpayers to press the flesh and politic in international affairs in a war-torn country.” As the wife of a soldier in Baghdad, I was stunned by these comments. Showing support to our Oklahoma guardsmen who are serving dutifully and valiantly in Iraq is by no means “pressing the flesh” and “politicking.” As governor, Henry is in charge of the National Guard until it is pressed into federal service. I’m sure he feels responsible for them even though they are now under federal command. As a soldier’s wife, I appreciate his support. As a taxpayer, I feel it is completely in line with his duties as governor. Kelly Pindel, Norman
Doing his job
Shawn Gralla (Your Views, March 14) isn’t well informed about the duties of the governor. The governor is the commander in chief of the Oklahoma National Guard; therefore, he has an obligation to be aware and informed of the conditions in which his troops are asked to serve. My question is not why Gov. Henry went to Iraq but why he waited so long. Maj. L.D. Johnson, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), Mustang
All three were great responses. I was able to get my views out through this site, so I'm ok with that too. Be safe and have a great day.

12 comments:

MrsDub said...

I was so glad to see that they decided to publish responses. I like it even more that it was 3 to 1!!! Let's hope we don't see anything else like that again. The Interpreters (and everyone else) will be sorry to see you leave - you are so good at what you do!

Desert Songbird said...

A great big "boo yah!" to your hometown newspaper for publishing those responses. Glad to see that the everyday citizen called this Gralla person on the carpet for her garbage.

Our governor recently traveled to the Middle East to visit our troops. I think it was well worth our taxpayer dollars.

Comedy + said...

You tell them Sgt. Dub. Most politicians I don't much care for, but I like your governor. Good for him for doing the right thing.

Odat said...

Happy Monday...and am glad you got your views out albeit thru others....good for you ...
O O K L A H O M AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
;-)
pEACE

Sanni said...

WOO-HOO! Thanks so much for this 3:1 update - I liked these responses, too... and I´m still shaking my head thinking about Shawn Gralla´s "slap in the face"-view...

Be safe and have a good night!

Travis said...

Excellent responses - well reasoned and addressing the position and not the person. I always appreciate that.

Go Dodgers!
(heehee)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

good that they were published dub! very good indeed. be safe...

smiles, bee

Wade Huntsinger said...

Great responses for sure. You damn sure have not seen our governor of the great state of NC over there(as far as i know)It would be nice to see or hear if he was. I was telling someone about this just yesterday. Keep it up SGT

Callie Ann said...

See SGT. DUB your making a difference with your blog, so glad they pulished your responses to your story........Look out RAZ time coming up...... Besides I can't even imagine how many other policeman, bloggers and military people you have taught not to ride their bikes on the grass. You have saved many people from hanging themselves. Ha ha ha
I just love your stories they are truly the best. You have an awesome since of humor. I couldn't resist teasing you about it once more....thus the name Callieannbrat. Keep it real. Talk to you tomorrow.

JustMeShann said...

Well said and it is nice to see something so right on published... I enjoy your blog so much! Have a wonderful day :o)

Ron Simpson said...

glad that some good people gave that self-righteous prick the what for!

Heather in Beautiful BC said...

That's crazy about your interpreters - they sound like bratty little kids you have to babysit and referee... you must be a very patient man!

I'm glad your Governor received some support - it sounds as though he's well liked :)