Joy Freeland and Marijane Green (12/23, Letters) chastise Sen. Claire McCaskill for feeling “sad” about being away from home for Christmas. I find it small-minded, petty and, yes, a little “sad” that they would attack her for this very human and understandable emotion.
As a Marine combat veteran, let me assure them that we consider it an honor, not an unpleasant chore, to serve our country anywhere at any time. Also, we don’t consider living in unheated tents, on cots, in sleeping bags to be hardships. We call those luxuries.
Sen. McCaskill has as much right to be homesick at Christmas as anyone else. So the next time you want to write some whiny piece about a politician you don’t like, leave the Marines out of it. We don’t like whiners.
So this is the level of political discourse that we are wallowing in. Letter writers Joy Freeland and Marijane Green are so upset with Sen. McCaskill’s comment that she is sad not to be home with family at Christmas time.
May I assume that if the senator said, “Oh, I’m thrilled to be away from my family at Christmas time” it would have made Ms. Freeland and Ms. Green happier?
Give it a rest, ladies, and appreciate what is good in your lives.