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Letter of the Day: Who sacrifices?

Army Lt. Andrew Powell presents a sign from a base in Afghanistan named for Sgt. Ryan Connolly, a medic who was killed by a landmine. The sign was given to Connolly's father, Jim Connolly in Santa Rosa.

KENT PORTER / The Press Democrat
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.

Who sacrifices?

EDITOR: I experienced such conflicting emotions upon seeing Sunday's Empire section. In one photograph are several young women celebrating the Wine Road Barrel Tasting. It's a fine event and certainly an appropriate event to enjoy. Above that photograph is another of Jim Connolly accepting a sign brought back from Afghanistan in memory of his son, Ryan Connolly, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Sgt. Connolly left behind a wife, a young daughter and a devastated family. It seems even more heartbreaking to know he was a medic.

What most strikes me is how the concept of shared sacrifice in time of war has become a forgotten concept in this country. Only a small percentage of families carry the burden of military service. The country seems content to pay for our wars on credit, the reasons for going to war are seldom seriously debated, and those of us unaffected by war go on with our lives as if the wars don't exist.

It's sobering to contemplate how different a day was experienced by Jim Connolly and his family compared to the 15,000 people at the barrel tasting.

DAN JENKINS

Santa Rosa

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