I'd like to finish what I started this morning, and I hope you don't consider it to be of interest to Southern Ontario residents only.
The Local section of the Record contains story about how Kerry Townson and Stephen Lock, members of the local Families of Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan, will formally ask city councillors in Waterloo and Cambridge to consider allowing yellow ribbons on municipal vehicles. (For link, click More Local - Group will try to get councils on-board with yellow ribbons.)
...Waterloo Region has decided against adding the ribbons to its ambulances and police cruisers citing fairness and a policy which prohibits proclamations for any one group.
Lock doesn't buy the argument that placing ribbons on public vehicles to support Canadian troops then compels public officials to display stickers from any community group that asks.
Soldiers like his son, Corporal Christopher Lock, are representing the nation as a whole, not a special interest group.
"They are doing a job on behalf of Canada. This is a job that Canada is involved in," he said.
"We're all on the same team. The soldiers are leading the team. It's a very difficult job in very difficult circumstances on behalf of the country."
Waterloo Fire Chief John de Hooge said yesterday the fire service in that city supports the idea, but the ultimate decision on whether or not their trucks will display the ribbons will rest with city council.
Earlier this week, Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr said he supported the Region's decision, adding he wouldn't want to impose a position on city employees.
However, responding to a letter from one of the members of the support group yesterday, Zehr said he would address the issue next week, polling councillors via e-mail...
(Sidenote to Mayor Zehr - These folks have their kids' lives on the line. Can't you please just step out of your comfort zone a tiny bit here?)
The article also gives valuable information regarding how to obtain Support Our Troops ribbon car magnets.
So here's the question: What do you think? Do you agree that municipal and regional vehicles should remain decal-free or should the employees at least be allowed the option of using the decals? What is the rest of the country doing? This is obviously a politically-correct hot potato in Southern Ontario.
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Speaking of yellow politicians, here's a great post from Raphael - What can be said about Jack Layton that hasn't already been said?
Troops need your support - Joe Warmington (Toronto Sun)