Let’s have goodwill toward men — and women — regardless of party
by Don McKee
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November 22, 2012 11:58 PM | 1138 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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It’s the season of goodwill toward men. This came to mind after comments about the column on sending thank-you cards to our service men and women.

First, there were gracious words from the young lady who started A Million Thanks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting and sending letters and cards of encouragement and support to our troops. The message:


I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful article you wrote about myself and A Million Thanks for the Marietta Daily Journal. I truly appreciate your support of the organization and our troops. I’m sure your writing will inspire others to think about how grateful they are this Thanksgiving for what our troops do for us. Thank you again for taking time to spread the word! Blessings on you and your family this holiday season. Best,

Shauna Fleming, Founder, A Million Thanks.

Another reader commented on First Lady Michelle Obama sending the troops an e-mail card which was quoted in the column. The message:

Mr. McKee:

Sending an email signed by Michelle Obama to our military overseas is, to me, the epitome of irresponsibility. That woman, who for some inexplicable, unfathomable reason thinks she has the credibility or integrity to consider herself in any way superior to a serviceman or woman, and her arrogant, insolent and egotistical husband, are held in contempt by a vast majority of our military. Send an email — but by no means insult our troops by sending one purportedly signed by that bigoted, ———!

Scott Chadwick

One more email, this one sent by Gov. Nathan Deal to his mailing list:

Dear Friend,

Despite the challenges that face our state and nation, this season of thanksgiving and reflection reminds us there are many reasons to be thankful. This year, Sandra and I are especially grateful for the trust the citizens of Georgia have bestowed upon us to lead this great state.

Each day I am reminded of the opportunity you have given me to serve as your governor. There is no better time than Thanksgiving to express my most sincere gratitude for this blessing.

As you pause to enjoy this precious holiday with your family and friends, we ask for God’s blessing on you, today and throughout our holiday season. “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of Thanksgiving.” – Colossians 4:2.

From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nathan and Sandra

Finally, this all reminds me of what President George H. W. Bush said in his acceptance speech: “I want a kinder and gentler nation.” Then, apropos to the current partisan divide in Washington, in his inaugural Bush reached out his hand to his friends — “and I do mean friends — in the loyal opposition.” He reached out to the Democratic House Speaker and the Senate majority leader, saying, “The American people await action. They didn’t send us here to bicker. They ask us to rise above the merely partisan.”

My friends, it’s time for goodwill toward men — and women — regardless of party.

dmckee9613@aol.com

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Samuel Adams
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November 23, 2012
Yes, Reader, but Mr. Chadwick is absolutely right about our military who abhor Obama. Not hateful comments, but true facts.

He wasn't personally attacking anyone, but critiquing the First Lady who, remember, was never proud of this country until her husband was nominated for president and who pretends to work to support the troops and their families, yet for the last four years has mostly hostessed Hollywood stars and hip hop artists at the White House while her husband sends e-mail form letters to the families of the troops.
Ad hom what
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November 24, 2012
You're a delusional idiot. That's not a personal attack, just a critique of your assessment.
MDJ Reader
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November 23, 2012
Nice article and the concept of Goodwill Toward Men is a great one. Why on earth would you then print the vile, angry comments of Scott Chadwick?
Look around McKee
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November 23, 2012
Mr Deal we want our medicaid, not your partisan rants about why other states should get the money and Georgia be left out. And Mr McGee, why not start at your own house where the MDJ still thinks the President is a Muslim. The MDJ spews as much hate as any. Maybe you should look around before you write your next column.
Too funny
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November 23, 2012
Wow. Scott Chadwick needs some anger management therapy.
with respect
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November 23, 2012
Respectfully, I suggest you direct your comments to Kevin Foley, one of the most vitriolic local columnists I have ever known the MDJ to employ.
Samuel Adams
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November 23, 2012
Don, good try, but I think you are simply of the older gentleman's journalist club. Remember them? They were the guys who actually presented facts, wrote an interesting column and didn't attack their fellow columnists, i.e. as Kevin Foley does regularly.

It's a doggone shame that civil men and women such as yourself are no longer the majority in news organizations. If we want to read a newspaper, we're subjected to partisan hack award-seekers who think nothing of throwing facts to the wind, ignore and excuse major news stories such as the Americans killed at Benghazi and the subsequent cover up by the Obama White House. Their entire world exists to create a narrative designed to agitate "the people" and bring forward the worst in them, and it actually works these days, despite the rise of internet news.Remember when journalism was not about class warfare but about bringing America towards more productive conversation?

Thanks for hanging in there Don. Wish you'd work more in your column to educate folks on the way journalism used to be. Maybe it could be a niche for you.
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