OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Friday, April 14, 2006 :::

Return to Sender

The big national blogs are jumping all over this op-ed from yesterday's Washington Post. While they concentrate on the larger points, one much smaller one caught my eye:

"And, Congressman Moran, 200 of your constituents just arrived back from Afghanistan -- we never got a letter, we never got a visit from you, you didn't come to our homecoming. The only thing we got was a letter from the governor of this state thanking us for our service in Iraq, when we were in Afghanistan. That's reprehensible. I don't know who you two are talking to, but the morale of the troops is very high."

Given the uncertain timing here, I wonder whether the bungled letter came from Mark Warner's office, or Tim Kaine's. In either case, it's a small thing to some (including the national blogs), but it's hardly a small matter to those who received the letter.

And really, how effectively can we "move forward, together," or some such blather, if we botch something as banal as our thank you notes?

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 4/14/2006 3 comments


"You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they also produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." -- Orson Welles, The Third Man

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