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Who’s a Hero?


Dear Rick,

It's so strange that a catastrophic occurrence can make a hero out of someone who just happened to be there in a position of responsibility, coinciding with a disaster. That's Rudy. He happened to be the Mayor of New York City at the time of the Twin Towers air assault. He acted as we the people of NYC who voted him to office expected that he or any Mayor within that same situation would act.

He was a civil servant being paid by the city of New York to attend to the business of the day, dull or dramatic, calm or cataclysmic. I voted for him considering the alternative, but how does merely winning an election(s) make one a "Hero?" Have we so lowered the bar denoting heroism that doing one's job qualifies one to don that exalted title??

The heroes are the firefighters and police that ran into the building to help those inside, many of them forfeiting their lives in the process and not just a person parading around telling all of us that we shall overcome. This is New York City; we all know in our gut that we will overcome. We always have. We don't need a cheering squad or an elected official to elucidate on the obvious. Besides, a number of days later we were treated to an Executive upscale performance of the same, via that memorable megaphone moment mounted upon the cold safe ruins of the twin towers.

We have had a chest beating manifestation of the macho mentality for the last six plus years and we have lived to rue that day in '00 when the Supreme Court burdened our country with that hair shirt diplomacy. No more Bush or Giuliani types. We must once again require brains in that most important of offices as we once had . . . and so short a time ago.

NICHOLAS ZIZELIS
November 28, 2006

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