To the editor:
It truly saddens me that during this time of year when we ask our nation to honor our veterans, our local media here in Southwest Florida and many of our elected officials fail miserably on reporting and attending events that recognize or honored veterans.
The recent Pride and Patriotism Program performance in its 9th year at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center was poorly covered in all aspects of the media from promotion to attendance. The program, "Youth Celebrating the Arts and Honoring our Veterans" partners with the Southwest Florida Symphony and brings that long lost patriotism into a forum with patriotic themes in art, poetry, music and mini-documentaries that show the talents of our Lee County public, charter and private school children who honor our veterans.
Throughout the year I see more print coverage on support for illegal immigration than on our veterans' sacrifices that made possible this freedom of speech in the press. The airways can cover a local party event, yet fail to give coverage to an event that gave them this same freedom.
Our politicians, just locally, spend large sums of money and ask for our support throughout their campaigns. Yet, whether they win or lose, cannot be found to give support to programs like our countywide Pride and Patriotism.
Your promises to change this county or nation's ills seems to fall very short of that goal when you cannot even recognize those who sacrificed so much for the country you live in. It is not necessary to name you... You know who you are. There are exceptions. Thank you, Mayor John Sullivan from Cape Coral. Your attendance and support is always very much appreciated, and I am honored to say you are always present in support of our veterans.
I am sure there will be hundreds of excuses to follow, if in fact, the media does not find their feelings hurt by the facts presented. With great hope this will be a wake up call to all of you in supporting the true heroes of this great nation.
of the Purple Heart 696
Cape Coral, FL