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Here's a chance for a caring politician to be a hero

On the one hand, a politician might be accused of grandstanding for trying to help the Bloomingdale Regional Library rape victim being forced by Medicaid to leave a Sarasota rehabilitation hospital.

On the other hand, this victim and this family need a hero. Desperately. Isn't there someone in Congress or the state Legislature who can write a letter or make a telephone call? We should champion any kind of intervention, and it doesn't have to be done with tremendous fanfare. …

Over the weekend, CNN profiled Ann Nixon Cooper, my 106-year-old grandmother, as she cast her vote for president in Atlanta. You can find it on YouTube.

It's a newsworthy event when the city's mayor and a slew of TV cameras greet you at the polling place, but she offered a simple message: "Vote your choice." Hey, if she can get there, does anyone else have an excuse not to vote? …

My friend says prophets are never appreciated in their own land, but in this case, I hope she's wrong. Tampa's Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder travel the nation speaking to more than 50 campuses and communities annually about sexual assault and empowerment. On Tuesday, they bring their presentation home to the USF Marshall Center at 7 p.m. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: A woman needs two animals — the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it. …

Every day of my involvement with the Brandon Cowboys, someone says, "We're here for the kids." I love the people who actually live those words — like varsity coach Darrell Ingram and his staff, who used their only day off to take their players to see The Express. It's such off-the-field involvement that can really make a difference in these kids' lives.

That's all I'm saying.

Here's a chance for a caring politician to be a hero 10/19/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 20, 2008 2:17pm]
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