Playing Politics with America's Heroes

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Among the many closures involved in the federal government shutdowns are the memorials to our nation's veterans of war. In true fighting spirit, an Honor Flight group from Mississippi, confronted with barricades blocking the World War II Memorial, charged ahead and made their visit anyway. These aren't grade school kids on a day trip, these are military veteran's in their 80's and 90's for whom this may be their only chance to see the memorial created in their honor.

Clearly, the shutdown is the result of stark ideological differences, with principled stands being made on both sides. Letting octogenarians from the Greatest Generation visit their memorial is one rare point upon which I'd think members of Congress could agree. In similar fashion, continuing efforts to reduce the VA health system backlog would also appear to be a no brainer.

Unfortunately, rather than agree on funding at least these areas, members of Congress--particularly Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid--would rather see how much damage these issues can inflict. A bill specifically addressing memorials and VA funding has been passed by the House and put before the Senate for purely political reasons.

Enough! Can't Congress agree on at least this much? We owe it to our nation's veterans.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

4 days 18 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Washington Varsity Soccer Goalie Camron Shipley. Camron made countless saves in Washington's 1-0 win over Borgia Saturday night at Jim Scanlan Stadium at Washington High School. The game was scoreless through regulation and two overtimes and Shipley only gave up one goal in the shootout. Camron is a senior and this is his first year playing soccer.

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