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A Letter My Daughter Sent To President Bush in 2001

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Very touching, You should be proud!

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    We should all teach our children to have respect for the law. What better country this would be.

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Only the truth comes from a child. Very well spoken (Typed, LOL)

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that was very well spoken and very true. I respect our war heros but the police do deserve the same.

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WOW, what a smart little girl. 

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Awesome. Can she write one to Obama for us now? :)

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This is the most moving letter I have ever read. It has the added benefit of being completely logical, well written and it is a topic that this little girl has obviously given a lot of thought. She brings to light an issue that is underpublicized and therefore, not thought of by many people who are not connected with the profession of law enforcement. This is a sad fact, and it shames me to an extent that I, myself, was as ignorant as any other civilian. Having been made aware by a child is as powerful an introduction to the topic as can be achieved.


The idea of officers not being afforded the same benefits as military personel is actually offensive in the way that they are performing the same type of duties and are proving themselves just as willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of life the same way a soldier is. It is, perhaps,the most often overlooked aspect of the job that is just taken for granted because it is not something that our officers openly advertise. They simply acknowledge it and go to work knowing that when they leave home for the shift that there is a chance that they will not come home at the end of the workday. As I sit here in my home, protected from the criminal, it i very easy to take that protection for granted because it is not something that I have had to think about. It is just there, sitting silently and unobtrusively,  the officer just waiting for a call of distress.


She speaks of the war on the streets of America, and the defenders of justice that we have always had and taken for granted as if it were some sort of entitlement that is attribued to simply being an American. Well, it is an entitlement, but it is one that we enjoy because of the sacrifice of many who will not consider it to be any more than doing their job. The unsung hero, the unspoken promise, and the assumption that it will always be so. I have been in the underworld of the drug dealer, the career criminal, the shifty and the sly who think themselves more clever than the law as well as above it. They have only scorn for the law and scoff at the officers who defend it. These criminals  trhive on injustice and say that it always has been and always will be the "law of the land". They see the war on the streets of America as nothing more than the way things are; a normal state of affairs, and it suits them for it to be this way because it makes it easier to operate and gain profit. They consider the officer who is wounded or killed in the line of duty as justifiable defense, and that they should stay out of affairs that will never be anything but what they are because they feel that the war has already been won. Such is themind of the common criminal.


However, not all of society holds those views. There are as many, or more, that support the officers and view them as everyday heroes who shrug off the danger that they face as a matter of just another job factor, and they want nothing more than to see justice served and to breathe a bit easier and feel a lot safer. Given the fact that these unsung heores are so nonchalant about the risks, what does that say about the way society is? Or what they are willing to accept as "just the way life is"? Some will accept it without second thought, and some will try to change it. The same applies to this issue. Where it may be unspoken knowledge that the same benefits that are available to soldiers are withheld from LE, it need not stay that way. This girl has taken the first step in gaining public awareness, and I thank her for doing so. It needs to be addressed, and rectified.


Whereas a soldier in the military is thought to be brave, courageous and strong and willing to sacrifice;  the good of a nation coming before personal safety or anything to do with the individual, the police forces of America could logically be presented as the more relevant army because it is for the good of a community, a state, and OUR country that they fight to defend and protect, and the only difference I can see beyond the geograghic area of defense is the uniform and living arrangements.


The men and women in LE are just as deserving as the men and women who defend from a military platform. The risks, the possible consequence of doing a job to the best their ability are identical. Bravo to the girl (I am sorry to keep referring to her this way, but I paid more attention to content than I did her name, and began to reply as soon as I finished reading the last word - impulsive as always) for promoting this idea, and for being brave enough to champion her father's cause. There is an old adage that people use without thought and generally only in a humorous situation. But I believe it should be cited here, under these circumstances. It is "out of the mouths of babes"


If I can do anything to promote this cause and help to affect real change for a profession that I appreciate and respect, simply say so and if it is something I have the ability to do, it will be done. I look forward to the day when this injustice is corrected, and this girl can be satisfied for a job well begun - regardless of who finishes it.

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This is the most moving letter I have ever read. It has the added benefit of being completely logical, well written and it is a topic that this little girl has obviously given a lot of thought. She brings to light an issue that is underpublicized and therefore, not thought of by many people who are not connected with the profession of law enforcement. This is a sad fact, and it shames me to an extent that I, myself, was as ignorant as any other civilian. Having been made aware by a child is as powerful an introduction to the topic as can be achieved.


The idea of officers not being afforded the same benefits as military personel is actually offensive in the way that they are performing the same type of duties and are proving themselves just as willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of life the same way a soldier is. It is, perhaps,the most often overlooked aspect of the job that is just taken for granted because it is not something that our officers openly advertise. They simply acknowledge it and go to work knowing that when they leave home for the shift that there is a chance that they will not come home at the end of the workday. As I sit here in my home, protected from the criminal, it i very easy to take that protection for granted because it is not something that I have had to think about. It is just there, sitting silently and unobtrusively,  the officer just waiting for a call of distress.


She speaks of the war on the streets of America, and the defenders of justice that we have always had and taken for granted as if it were some sort of entitlement that is attribued to simply being an American. Well, it is an entitlement, but it is one that we enjoy because of the sacrifice of many who will not consider it to be any more than doing their job. The unsung hero, the unspoken promise, and the assumption that it will always be so. I have been in the underworld of the drug dealer, the career criminal, the shifty and the sly who think themselves more clever than the law as well as above it. They have only scorn for the law and scoff at the officers who defend it. These criminals  trhive on injustice and say that it always has been and always will be the "law of the land". They see the war on the streets of America as nothing more than the way things are; a normal state of affairs, and it suits them for it to be this way because it makes it easier to operate and gain profit. They consider the officer who is wounded or killed in the line of duty as justifiable defense, and that they should stay out of affairs that will never be anything but what they are because they feel that the war has already been won. Such is themind of the common criminal.


However, not all of society holds those views. There are as many, or more, that support the officers and view them as everyday heroes who shrug off the danger that they face as a matter of just another job factor, and they want nothing more than to see justice served and to breathe a bit easier and feel a lot safer. Given the fact that these unsung heores are so nonchalant about the risks, what does that say about the way society is? Or what they are willing to accept as "just the way life is"? Some will accept it without second thought, and some will try to change it. The same applies to this issue. Where it may be unspoken knowledge that the same benefits that are available to soldiers are withheld from LE, it need not stay that way. This girl has taken the first step in gaining public awareness, and I thank her for doing so. It needs to be addressed, and rectified.


Whereas a soldier in the military is thought to be brave, courageous and strong and willing to sacrifice;  the good of a nation coming before personal safety or anything to do with the individual, the police forces of America could logically be presented as the more relevant army because it is for the good of a community, a state, and OUR country that they fight to defend and protect, and the only difference I can see beyond the geograghic area of defense is the uniform and living arrangements.


The men and women in LE are just as deserving as the men and women who defend from a military platform. The risks, the possible consequence of doing a job to the best their ability are identical. Bravo to the girl (I am sorry to keep referring to her this way, but I paid more attention to content than I did her name, and began to reply as soon as I finished reading the last word - impulsive as always) for promoting this idea, and for being brave enough to champion her father's cause. There is an old adage that people use without thought and generally only in a humorous situation. But I believe it should be cited here, under these circumstances. It is "out of the mouths of babes"


If I can do anything to promote this cause and help to affect real change for a profession that I appreciate and respect, simply say so and if it is something I have the ability to do, it will be done. I look forward to the day when this injustice is corrected, and this girl can be satisfied for a job well begun - regardless of who finishes it.

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What a very sweet and bright girl!! You should be very proud of your daughter. Her letter was very moving and very true!!


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WOW... a 10 year old makes more sense than most of our elected officials.  God bless this little girl and her family.


"The will to win is meaningless without the will to prepare!" -- Joe Gibbs

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As a single parent you have done a great job! Please tell your daughter well done and well said for all LEO children's behalf. Thank you K.

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LaDET, you should be, as I know your are a very proud parent. 

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Wow!  If someone that young has that much concern for "anything"---then the future does look bright after all. 

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Very proud of this girl as she speaks of a great future for all in this country.. Way to go!!!

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 Very intelligent letter to the president. Did anyone ever respond to her letter?

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This is wonderful and I do agree. I would love to hear all updates of this request and the end results !!!!!!

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Beautiful! 


I do believe that the Whitehouse intercepted this letter.  Whether X-President Bush read it, I don't know.  I would suggest though that the letter be updated and re-submitted to our current President Obama.  He has proven himself as a President and Man of action and there is a chance that something could still be done to support our country's Law enforcement officers.  Furthermore, all families who lost a loved one in the line of duty would also be back-dated and compensated for their lost within the publication date of the orginal letter.  I admire your daughter's heart and effort to make a change.  She is the future and we should be doing all that we can to assist her and many other your people to help keep our great nation moving forward.


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President Bush sent her a thank you card and a kids package but nothing else.


The letter was sent to the current president several times with no reply at all.

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Beautiful & heart-felt composision raising valid points.... She has a bright future in front of her!!!


God bless her & her family! 

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Very smart girl and I'm proud of her..

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LaDET says ...



President Bush sent her a thank you card and a kids package but nothing else.


The letter was sent to the current president several times with no reply at all.



Ask me why i am not surprised at this.

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Make 50 copies, my friend, and send them to the 50 governors for starters!  The Congress next!  This is so articulate and so important to let fade away......


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Ahhhhh, through the eyes of a child, so pure and simple.  The age where she is starting to see what is around her but is not clouded by the everyday garbage that we as adults deal with.  This lets us complicate things instead of looking at the simple answers in life.  There are times we should listten to our children..........this is one of them.


 


God Bless You Young Lady, stay true.  And God Bless Your Father, He is a true HERO.

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A very bright child. How simple and effective. My only wish is that something similar happens to aour country...

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I know this is almost 2 years ago but WOW, thats all I can come up with. I'm never left speechless.

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And who says your to young to know what your talking about? Right here right now this bright keen young one did. Bravo!

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Mighty special--This officer of twenty seven years thanks her,from the heart

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 I still love revisiting this thread and reading your daughter's letter 


The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head
- Proverbs 20:29

Nemo me impune lacessit

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I know it has been a while since you sent the letter but thank you so much for your concern about police officers.It is obvious that you have a great love and respect for the men and women who enforce the laws. I hope to hear that someday you are a sworn officer because you have the right kind of heart. Thanks again.

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She has a great idea! She should run for office when she gets old enough. Tell her to keep fighting for equal rights!

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