This is the most recent article in the May I Call You Tom? blog.
It’s finally quiet on my street as the vendors for our town’s annual “Fun Fest” pack up their lemonade stands and taffy booths. I live just a block off Main Street and Memorial Day weekend is one of the key times of the year for community celebration. I walked down the block this morning with my kids and stood, chatting with a neighbor, as we watched veterans ride and march past, the school band play, and a local church hand out advertisements for Vacation Bible School.
As a Mennonite, I have ambivalent feelings about events that seem to celebrate warfare, so this is a national holiday that leaves me more reflective than festive. I strongly believe in the importance of cultural memory, however, so think about this as a time to remember the dead, grieve for their loss, and honor the memory of the good they did for…
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Great letter from Susan. I can hear Reed’s reply – he’s the renewable repub, he’s bipartisan caucus guy for problem solving and on the environment, he doesn’t agree with everything from the WH but believes in giving the benefit of the doubt as he said he would do (took some prodding for a reply)with Pruitt when asked about his approval of him at a Town Hall Meeting, and that jobs and taxes are his main concerns as are those of his constituents (his base that is) and he’s doing what he was elected to do – representing the main concerns of the 23rd. Reed redirects the question in his replies and is very skilled at this. I hope we have a candidate against him who can cut through this at least as skillfully as Reed has mastered his skills with his Town Hall Meetings and every opportunity when he reinforces his practiced answers. He is making these meetings even more controlled now and will do even more of the speaking and less listening, getting some of his base members to speak to off-set opposition.