Friday, September 16, 2005

A tale of two people today.

In Canada, September 1st was the 25th anniversary of the end of the Terry Fox run. Terry Fox was a Canadian who had lost his leg to cancer, but decided to run from one end of the country to the other to raise awareness for cancer research. He had to stop when cancer spread to his lungs, and he died soon after.
Strange to compare a Canadian hero with an American one. Americans have a lot more heroes, and tell their stories better. But most American heroes are either entertainers, or shootists. Maybe Canadians just have higher standards.

Meanwhile, in August, Mitchell Johnson was released from prison in Memphis, Tenn. - permanently, not on bail. Johnson was the boy who, with a classmate, shot up their school in Jonesboro, Ark., killing four girls and a teacher and wounding 10. Since he was a juvenile when arrested, he gets out without a criminal record, and presumably will not be monitored. Hope he's changed. For the better.

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