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Some who matter -- and some who don't
Three groups. Three outlooks.
People gathered Friday to honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. All there -- whether present in everyone's minds or present in person -- represented what's best about America: A nation's people, of all backgrounds, coming together to honor those who cared enough to go through extreme conditions -- including willingness to give their lives -- to keep our nation free.
They sacrificed for everyone -- not just a chosen few.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, people will gather at Bedford County Agriculture Center at 3 p.m. to remember several missing people from Bedford County.
The crowd will be made up of people who care enough to search, pray and just be there for others who are hoping against steep odds to find their loved ones, or at least find some closure.
In October a group of totally misguided people plan to march through Bedford County.
The "League of the South" claims to be "defending" the people of Tennessee.
The group falsely claims the "government" is "imposing an alien (Islamic) culture" and "replacing the people and culture of Tennessee."
We don't need to bring back a former Southern "tradition" of prejudice.
The only valid point the group may have is the alleged tendency of some employers to hire foreigners because they accept extremely low pay, keeping Americans from jobs.
But that's an issue to fight by targeting the employers -- not those who accept the jobs.
The best and worst of America -- and the South -- are on display over the next few weeks. Honor those who truly care. Discredit the prejudiced.
And remember our real "defenders" are those who were honored Friday, along with all who ever wore the uniform of any branch of the United States military.
Those gatherings of people supporting families and friends of the missing, and there have been several gatherings with more likely to come, include representatives of multiple ethnic backgrounds.
About that other group: Let them exercise their freedom of speech, a freedom fought for by Americans of all backgrounds and colors.
But just ignore them. They may get the message.
-- Times-Gazette copy editor David Melson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.