Commentary

Pass It On

By JIM DOHERTY | Mar 20, 2019

My wife and I watched as a military soldier went to the McDonald’s cashier to pay for his meal. I rushed over and paid his bill. The cashier looked at me and said, “Why did you do that?”

My answer is my message today. It’s a simple thank-you for the military person’s service. It’s called “pass it on.” Now, don’t get me wrong, my wife and I don’t have a lot of money. This just a small token of our appreciation. We also show our appreciation for police officers in similar ways at pizza parlors, drugstores and other places.

The police officer leaves his or her house in the morning not knowing what to expect. In their jobs the police must handle mental and physical challenges. And always in the back of their thoughts is: Will I be coming home tonight?

Today’s police officers get blamed for a lot of things, but what if there were no police? Then everyone else’s job in life would become much more difficult. So please help the police and always say thank-you. It may be a simple gesture such as buying a cup of coffee or a burger or a hot dog. Just say thank you with your actions.

We have all watched the news and seen the panel discussions on television. After a show is over did anything really change? Here’s my suggestion: Get these panels to tackle three or four problems like immigration, Korea, Russia, Greening of America or anything else, but make it their job to come to an agreement on these subjects and how to solve the problems.

Now the work starts. These panelists must go to their fellow partners in the news and sell their solutions to them, and they must also pass the solutions on to others. Make the acceptance of these solutions grow so much that the solutions are taken to the House and Senate as bills to be voted on.

The news media, whose members during the 19th century were referred to as muckrakers, would, in this way, become real Americans and actually do something for our country instead of just moving their mouths on TV.

Respect is a very interesting word because it’s used more in the negative rather than the positive. It is interesting how here in South Jersey you walk into a Wawa and most people will hold the door for you or even help you with your packages since we have a “no plastic bag” rule. Yet go to Route 13 in Nutley or any North Jersey store and it’s not the same. Why?

There seems to be not a single bit of respect for any of our three branches of government. Do you think technology just might have reached into the deepest part of the well? Do we know too much about our leaders? Too much about our election process?

Not too long ago there was a news story on TV that everyone must have heard about. A young, popular TV actor apparently staged an attack on himself and it was blown up all over TV as a racial crime. No crime was actually committed against him according to police, so it was all false. The same day at a New York hospital, a white man donated a kidney to a black man, saving his life. Now I’m not trying to say one story is more important than the other, but the kidney donation was never even mentioned by anyone on the news, yet the attack was discussed for several days. My point is how fair is the news? Do we citizens get to even judge?

Jim Doherty lives in Waretown, N.J.

 

 

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