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May 23, 2013

FROM THE VALLEY: FW: Usually you wouldn't see this here

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Sure! It would be nice if the president could personally call every family who loses a loved one in the line of duty, but it’s not realistic. That being the case, I don’t understand his (Obama’s) priorities and why he felt it necessary to call a gay athlete and congratulate him on his “courageous” act. 

There’s nothing wrong with being gay or admitting that you are — that’s not my point. It is what it is — and you are what you are. Period! But, seriously, when the president of the United States uses the word “courage” in a context such as this, I feel, it undermines its definition – and more importantly, its value. It should be reserved for heroes in combat (and such) who have made much bolder decisions under the risk of injury and/or death in the service of others.

There’s no doubt it took guts for Jason Collins to do what he did. But he did what he felt he had to do. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but that’s life. We all make tough decisions along the way. He’s not the first – nor will he be the last – to face up to whatever speed-bumps one encounters along the highway of human existence.

I’m just not convinced his (Collins) action reached the level where the Commander in Chief, our president, has to single him out with a personal phone call to “congratulate” him on his “courage.” Not in light of all of those who have so proudly served our country – and never heard their phones ring. 

That’s the way it looks from the Valley.

Tom Valley is a Medina resident. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

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