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Everyday People

From the archives, Apr 24, 2013.

Seems appropriate for this week.

2013 arrived with nonstop devastation. We hardly recover from one horrific event, until another presents itself. The past week inflicted more sadness and terror than anyone should have to bear, yet everyday people endured.

Everyday people prove over and over  that we are resilient. In the face of tragedy, we manage to find strength and courage. We rise to the occasion and meet whatever challenges we face. We persevere.

The past week’s events reminded us of the everyday people who choose to become firefighters and law enforcement agents. Their commitment to perform the job the public has entrusted them to do does not permit them to compromise the well-being of those they serve.

This past week congress chose to ignore the wishes of everyday people and defeated a compromise plan to expand background checks on firearms sales as well as a proposal to ban some semi-automatic weapons modeled after military assault weapons.

Everyday people elect representatives with the belief they will deliver what they promise. We trust them to reflect our values. In short, we expect them to create laws that benefit most of the people, most of the time. We expect them to compromise when necessary for the greater good. We expect them to adhere to the same standards and moral code of everyday people.

Everyday people deserve better.