This is what my oldest daughter, Tiffany (pictured on the left), posted on Facebook several days ago: Can you believe the news coverage being given to a spoiled 20-something this week? Lindsay WHO? Here are a few 20-somethings worth knowing about: Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matt Weikert, 29; Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Chase Stanley, 21; Jesse Reed, 26; Matt King, 23; Chris Goeke, 23; and, Sheldon Tate, 27. These 20-somethings gave their lives for you this week.
Tiffany hit the proverbial nail on the head, didn’t she? Where ARE our values? Far more people know the name of Lindsay Lohan than the names of those young members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Has the loss of life in the military become something that is just a number, just a statistic in the news? And are our values as a society such that we idolize celebrities like Lindsay Lohan?
Similarly, does the name of Brian Bradshaw ring a bell for you? No? He was the 24-year-old soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on the same day Michael Jackson died – June 25, 2009. A Pacific Lutheran University graduate, Bradshaw was, according to his aunt, "…a search-and-rescue volunteer, an altar boy, a camp counselor … [who] carried the hopes and dreams of his parents willingly on his shoulders. What more than that did Michael Jackson do or represent that earned him memorial 'shrines,' while this soldier's death goes unheralded?"
I am not questioning Michael Jackson’s talent or that of Lindsay Lohan. What I question is the attention given to them and the lack of attention to our young people who are true heroes.
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Sherry served in the SC House of Representatives, the SC State Senate, on a local school board and was SC Workers' Compensation Commissioner for 12 years. Law School Graduate. Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration. Wife of Karl J. Duppstadt a/k/a The Duppster or Dupp; mom of 3, grandmom of 2, step-mom of 4, step-grandmom of 1.
Co-owner, The Dupp Group: Earth Mover Press, Kudzu Keepsakes and Spitting Images Gallery.
Other Odds ‘n Ends: She was a guest on “To Tell the Truth” and on “What’s My Line?” and was interviewed by Barbara Walters and Joe Garagiola on NBC’s “Today” Show. She and her family appeared twice on “Family Feud.” They lost both times, but, yes, she got a kiss from Richard Dawson.
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