Last night, Marshall University hosted a special preview of "Vietnam: West Virginians Remember," a 1-hour documentary that will debut tomorrow at 8 on WV Public Broadcasting, as a companion piece to Ken Burns' 10-part Vietnam series (which begins Sunday). Several times I had to look away from the images on the screen, knowing that over 36,000 young men from West Virginia—most still teenagers—never had that luxury.
The panel discussion that followed provided no easy interpretation, but compelled me to consider the devastating lifelong price paid by our West Virginia dads, uncles, friends and brothers, who enlisted in greater proportions and experienced such a high per capita death rate as combat soldiers in this long and tragic military experiment.
May we never forget. Will we ever learn?
Let's hold me accountable.
Before I decided to run, I committed some "political rabble-rousing" to resist a lot of downright hurtful decisions being made at the national and state level. Most recently, I wrote a letter to the Herald-Dispatch that sums up my feelings on the matter of public servants and party values. I believe West Virginians are thirsting these days for representatives who won't pull the rug out from under them.
As a new candidate for public office, I know I will be under similar scrutiny. Fair enough! I'm setting out on this campaign with a conviction not just to be honest, but to be transparent and true—true to my faith, true to West Virginia children and working families, and true to seven "unshakeable core beliefs" that I hold to personally as a Democrat.
I'll roll each of those principles out in future blog posts—not just as a way to provide you with a clearer picture of this particular woman's name on the ballot, but also to hold myself accountable as a candidate—and a District 17 Delegate—you can count on.
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