Enough With the Election, What About Our Officers?

Enough With the Election, What About Our Officers?

In remembrance of our fallen law enforcement officers.

There is no doubt that the 2016 Election was one to talk about. It had its extreme highs and lows, with passionate people on both ends of the spectrum. But enough is enough. We need to quit talking about how upset we are that Trump won. We need to quit protesting and start living again. Because there are so many more important things going on in the world. There are so many other things that need our attention. Like the number of fallen officers in 2016. The number of men and women who spent their lives trying to protect you, me, our families, and our friends. The men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice right here at home when they should be home with their families this holiday season.

In 2016, so far, 60 officers have fallen in the line of duty. 60 police officers have given the ultimate sacrifice. 60 families lost a member of their family, a father, mother, husband, wife, daughter, son, brother, sister. Yet, here I am, looking at news headlines about people calling for a ballots to be recounted in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Here I am looking at news headlines telling us all of the people President-Elect Trump is putting in charge of different areas. Here I am looking at how Trump won't be pursuing Hillary Clinton's investigation and how President Obama is pardoning turkeys this Thanksgiving.

I sit here, in my small-town-Iowa home, wondering if some people even know that these shootings have happened. I sit here, unaware until about an hour ago, that 60 men and women had died in serving their communities. I sit here wondering if people know about the officers shot and killed in Iowa just a few weeks ago. Oh, but I'm sure they know about their favorite musicians holiday plans. About the bumper to bumper traffic in LA as people travel for Thanksgiving. I'm sure they know what time their favorite store opens for Black Friday shopping. Yet, we don't know about these horrific things going on around the nation.

I am just as at fault as the next millennial out there. I don't always know what's going on in the world. Hell, I hardly ever know the weather forecast for the day. But a lot of the reason I don't keep up to date is because rarely do I actually hear something I want to know about. While it is exciting that people are having babies and that Obama takes the time to "pardon" certain turkeys, those aren't the things I want to hear. I want to know what is really going on in the world around me, no matter how ugly it may be.

Please, stop talking about the election. Please, start talking about things that matter. Help me in remembering the 60 officers that have died in the line of duty. Help me in bringing awareness to the fact that our country is falling and people are beginning to feel unsafe. Being an officer comes with knowing you may not return home one day, but it should not be a fear coming true this often. Teach your children respect for officers. That if they don't agree with them that does not give them the right to pull a firearm and shoot them, or anyone for that matter.

Help me in remembering our fallen law enforcement officers.

In remembrance of our fallen police officers around the nation.

Sgt. Allen Brandt - Fairbanks, Alaska

Officer David Glassler - Phoenix, Arizona

Officer Darrin Reed - Show Low, Arizona

Officer Jonathan DeGuzman - San Diego, California

Sgt. Steve Owen - Los Angeles County, California

Officer Jose Gilbert Vega - Palm Springs, California

Officer Lesley Zerebny - Palm Springs, California

Sheriff's Deputy Jack Hopkins - Modoc County, California

Sgt. Rod Lucas - Fresno County, California

Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Wallace - Stanislaus County, California

Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer - Mesa County, Colorado

Sheriff's Cpl. Nate Carrigan - Park County, Colorado

Maj. Greg Barney - Riverdale, Georgia

Officer Tim Smith - Eastman, Georgia

Sheriff's Deputy Sondron - Peach County, Georgia

Sheriff's Deputy Daryl Smallwood - Peach County, Georgia

US Marshals Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers - Long County, Georgia

Sheriff's Deputy Carl Koontz - Howard County, Indiana

Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Beminio - Des Moines, Iowa

Officer Justin Martin - Urbandale, Iowa

Detective Brad Lancaster - Kansas City, Kansas

Capt. Robert David Melton - Kansas City, Kansas

Sheriff's Deputy David F. Michel Jr. - Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola - East Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Officer Matthew Gerald - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cpl. Montrell Jackson - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Dailey - Harford County, Maryland

Sheriff's Deputy Mark Logdson - Harford County, Maryland

Officer Jacai Colson - Prince George County, Maryland

Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. - Auburn, Massachusetts

Court Bailiff Ronald Kienzle - Berrien County, Michigan

Supervising Court Bailiff Joseph Zangaro - Berrien County, Michigan

Sgt. Kenneth Steil - Detroit, Michigan

Special Agent Lee Tartt - Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics

Officer Blake Snyder - St. Louis, Missouri

Officer Jose Chavez - Hatch, New Mexico

Officer Clint Corvinus - Alamogordo, New Mexico

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo - New York City, New York

Officer Tim Brackeen - Shelby, North Carolina

Officer Jason Moszer - Fargo, North Dakota

Officer Thomas Cottrell - Danville, Ohio

Officer Steven Smith - Columbus, Ohio

Sgt. Jason Gooding - Seaside, Oregon

Officer Scott Bashioum - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Sgt. Luis A. Melendez-Maldonado - Puerto Rico

Officer Allen Lee Jacobs - Greenville, South Carolina

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier - Jackson, Tennessee

Officer Kenny Moats - Maryville, Tennessee

Officer David Hoffer - Euless, Texas

Sgt. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens - Dallas, Texas

Officer Michael Krol - Dallas, Texas

Sgt. Michael Smith - Dallas Texas

Officer Brent Thompson - Dallas, Texas

Officer Patrick Zamarripa - Dallas, Texas

Decetive Benjamin Marconi - Dallas, Texas

Officer Douglas Barney - Salt Lake, Utah

Trooper Chad D. Dermyer - Greyhound, Virigina

Officer Ashley Guindon - Prince William County, Virigina

Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze - Rusk County, Wisconsin

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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